The EP opens with an acoustic take on Long Lost Friends, taken from 2012’s Listen and Forgive. Originally a song that is both lyrically beautiful and incredibly relatable; taking things down a notch and creating an acoustic number creates a perfectly sensual song. The perfect opening for the EP, the track encompasses the honesty and truth that the band can put into a song.
So Long, So Long boasts as much energy as its predecessor, while managing to keep a raw quality that fills the entire room. Personally I’ve always had a soft spot for Listen and Forgive, lyrically this song is almost poetic, an attribute that shines through even more so with this stripped down version.
Young New England, the title track from their latest album has a slightly different sound – less acoustic, more stripped down and bare. The original track is heavily weighed down with group vocals, something that reflects the message within the song. While this version is both enjoyable and listenable, the new tempo just doesn’t do the original the justice it deserves.
Over Your Head really stands out for me, mainly because (as Jesse Lacey once said) “I’m a sucker for anything acoustic” – but I think this track really showcases Transit’s ability to grow. The sense that they’ve managed to manipulate this song in such a way that it sounds similar yet completely different at the same time is perfection, giving the result fresh emotions and life experiences filtering through it.
The closing track is a two-minute instrumental wind down, the perfect ending for this amazing take on the past. Overall, Futures and Sutures is most definitely worth your time.