IMAGE BY JESSICA ALEECE
WORDS BY BENJAMIN LAMB
Queensland Electronic sibling duo Lastlings have unplugged their D.J Equipment and shared their aptly titled EP with us; Acoustic Live. It comes after their acclaimed 2020 release, First Contact. This EP restyles a number of their hit tracks and really displays the experienced and talented musicians the brother and sister are.
The Acoustic Live Ep features four of the pair’s most popular tracks, and restructures them with just a guitar, piano and vocals, the trinity that is often the standard for all acoustic shows / albums. The EP opens with the first track of First Contact, ‘Déjà Vu,’ a clear fan favourite. Opening with vocals and a keyboard, this acoustic version assuredly brings a different, laid-back vibe to the track, truly helping it sit apart from the original. The underlying palm muted guitar gives a similar feeling that makes it somewhat reminiscent of the electronic version, but the piano helps bring it back into a Sunday afternoon acoustic feel.
Following from ‘Déjà Vu’ is ‘Take My Hand,’ another track originally on First Contact. The siblings effortlessly recreate the track acoustically, you wouldn’t be blamed if you didn’t know it started as a produced electronic track. Singer Amy Dowdie’s perfect voice melds beautifully with brother Josh’s quaint guitar to mark a high point for this album. The chorus truly makes for a singalong moment, that will definitely make you want to pump it loud flaunt your vocal pipes in the car.
The EP then carries along to ‘Out Of Touch’, which the track is far from. It’s a delightfully modern piece that carries a significantly higher amount of emotion than its electronic counterpart. This is through Amy’s vast vocal range and the imagery that is painted through their sophisticated lyrical stylings. Opening with a piano and guitar, the vocals build beautifully around the lyrical lines, to make it feel like they are sitting with and performing in the room with you.
Closing out the wonderful Acoustic Live EP is the track ‘No Time,’ where Amy chooses to sing in a much higher register than the previous tracks, giving the track a similar feeling to the original. Once again, the quaint piano and tranquil guitar meld with the vocals effortlessly to create a sonic symmetry that acts as the perfect conclusion for the Acoustic Live EP.
Hearing their music recreated on this EP illustrates the dedication Lastlings have to their craft, as well as truly displaying the immense talent the brother and sister duo have in terms of their songwriting gifts. The four tracks featured on their second album First Contact and are recreated to give a fresh feel, and bring in a new bevy of fans.
With popular shows like MTV Unplugged, it’s long been believed that if a group can recreate their music on the acoustic stage, it speaks volumes to their abilities, and shows how experienced they are as musicians. Which is definitely the case for Lastlings, who show the world their phenomenal talents with Acoustic Live