Never Alone is the sophomore EP from Boston-based alternative rock trio Long Time. To read more about the band themselves, please read Good Music Matters’ introduction to the band here.
With a count of eight tracks and a runtime of 32 minutes, Never Alone is a beefy EP. On top of this, the album is diverse: exploring a number of different sounds. In short, Never Alone is a triumph.
The album opens with lead single ‘River’. The song is carried by a powerful riff that conjures up feelings of determination in difficult times. John Cadrin’s vocals help to texture ‘River’ further, as does Andrew Nault’s wonderful drumming.
‘River’ flows (no pun intended) straight into ‘Spoken Ghost’: a more upbeat rocker. ‘Hostage’ shows the fantastic rhythm section of Long Time and has an incredible chorus that sees the band firing on all cylinders.
‘Silence’ slows things back down and introduces light synths and acoustic guitars to texture the track and build a soundscape before bursting into life. ‘Shadows’ follows and is another highlight, characterised by staccato guitar work.
‘Separation’ is the longest track on the record and is a slow burner of a song, conjuring intense emotional imagery over its long runtime. The final two tracks on the album, ‘Chosen Disease’ and ‘Windows’ play off each other really nicely and close Never Alone in style.
With beautiful writing, excellent production and great songs, Never Alone represents not only a great sophomore EP, but an exciting band to watch in Long Time.