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Music Review: 8mm – Love And The Apocalypse

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I first introduced you to 8mm back in 2006 with my review of Songs to Love and Die For.  Four years later the duo has become a trio and is one of the best adult-pop bands you will hear.  8mm’s music has been featured on national ads for Nip/Tuck, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, the soundtrack for Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and much more.

8mm is made up of Sean Beavan, Juliette Beavan, and Jon Nicholson. Sean was the producer of many artists you may have listened to in the past: Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, No Doubt, Kill Hanna, and many more. His wife, Juliette’s voice is forever haunting, soothing, and pleasant to listen to.  And earlier this year, they released a six song EP, Love And The Apocalypse.

The music contained on Love And The Apocalypse is incredibly listenable and very like-able. Juliette’s voice is one that I could listen to for hours, and it’s disappointing that there are only six new songs, because after the last song, the short one-minute “One For The Road”, you’ll be wishing there were more of this wonderful music. Speaking of that last song, it is only comprised of Sean and Juliette singing ‘da-da’ with an acoustic guitar and it sounds great.

Their music is never dull or boring, the lyrics are intelligent and the voice is the icing on the cake. My favorite songs off the EP are “Deep Blue” and “Mean”.  Both are great pop songs that you might hear on a radio or TV show in the future.

The EP has a great opening tune “Los Angeles”, which sings of a city that’s calling Juliette home. This song is piano based with Juliette’s voice carrying the listener lightly over the melody.

The rest of the songs on this EP are just as enjoyable. Love And The Apocalypse is a great re-introduction to 8mm, and one you’ll enjoy if you like music such as P.J. Harvey, Aimee Mann, and Portishead. Even if you don’t, I suggest you’ll take a listen anyway, as you may just hear their music in a favorite TV show or movie in the future and you can impress your friends when you tell them you know the music.

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