The desperate piano and drums bounce on the opener and title track â€œTip It,â€ setting us on our way to the new EP from the UKâ€™s 5to4. Phil Goss leads the concoction here. He has an expressive, if limited, voice mining Radiohead, Ben Folds Five, and even a smidgen of Peter Gabriel in these three songs offered here. The first song flows around aÂ bouncy piano, but thereâ€™s enough to the production, little percussion touches and Gossâ€™s vocal delivery is dramatic enough, that the song doesnâ€™t overstay it’s welcome and rolls us through a few movements.Â â€œItâ€™s not That Itâ€™s Notâ€ relies on a lighter touch, with Goss plinking the higher octaves of his piano and his nearly-talking vocals commenting on a relationship. An acoustic guitar and, once again, a creative drum beat/sound moves this lament. Midway through, things pick up in intensity with a different keys sound, then we are back to where we were with horn accents. Again, Goss doesnâ€™t change things up so much as he knows where to place his dramatic moments, lets them breathe and then gets back to where he was.Â The funky â€œWalkâ€ ends with high-end warbling, Herbie Hancock-like leading keys over flicking electric guitar, creating the best tune on Tip It. It continues with Goss leading on electric piano, then some synth as, yes, while itâ€™s basically a blues jam, I do like to hear someone this obviously adept at tinkling the ivories have at it.
You can listen to the album here.