When life gets hard, you got to remember who you are and forget about what people think, croons one of The Mowgli’s singers in “Time.” These are just the kind of truthful, touching lyrics that abound in The Mowgli’s Love’s Not Dead EP.
The notion of ‘one big happy family’ might figure indeed, what with the 8 members that make up the Mowgli ensemble: Michael Vincze, Colin Louis Dieden, Katie Jayne Earl, Matthew Di Panni, Josh Hogan, Dave Appelbaum, Spencer Trent, and Andy Warren.
Consisting predominantly of Los Angeles natives, The Mowgli’s effectively channel their version of fun, love-infused Californian vibes into their infectious tunes. Inspired by a variety of artists such as The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, Grouplove, and Fun., their sound entails a medley of youthful pop, rock, and country influences.
The Love’s Not Dead EP was released October 30th, 2012 on The Island Def Jam Music Group. The result is an optimistic, joyfully upbeat exploration of life infused by common—but, dare I say, genuinely heartfelt—themes of universal love, peace, and unity.
“San Francisco” ensnares listeners with its contagious energy and depiction of love as a delightful drug, as “The Great Divide” addresses exploration and identity to an optimistic backdrop. “Time” diffuses a less intricate sound—with its single singer and simple acoustics—to themes of hopefulness, rebellion, and pursuing your dreams. The journey winds down on a slower note, concluding with the chorus-backed uplifting, spiritual tune that is the inspirational “Carry Your Will.”
With their EP, The Mowgli’s do succeed at convincing listeners that love is anything but dead. Their contagious energy combined with cheerful lyrics make for highly enjoyable tunes, which mostly feel like a big chorus of jubilant vocalists ready to spread the elation at any given moment.
And what’s not to like about that?