Tentative Plans press (2017)
Still EP Review by Megan Cooper (WXPN’s The Key)
Local indie dream-pop duo, Tentative Plans, were brought together through the fateful forces of Craigslist to become a band and debut an EP last summer. Now, the angelic outfit, comprised of Cait Kellagher and Chris Caulder, have released their sophomore EP titled, still.
When I say that this EP is angelic, I’m not kidding or using that term lightly. Kellagher’s clear, bright vocals are so dang calming and ethereal, it’s unreal. Everything about this six track release is clean and precise, from the vocals to production quality, to the thoughtful and purposeful use of instrumentation.
“getting out alive” opens the EP with ambient vibes, with following track “not the same” shifting between soft piano melodies and beats buzzing with electricity. The EP’s namesake, “still,” is the poppiest of the bunch, with layered vocals adding an expansive, atmospheric element atop a foundation of electro beats, while soothing ballad,”here” fades out the EP on a pleading, yet hopeful, note.
Now go ahead and be swept away in a cloud of calm wonderfulness by listening to Tentative Plans’ EP, still.
Still EP review by Francesca @ DigitalWheatPaste.com
Full disclosure: As a person in a two-person band, I have a deep love and appreciation for other two-person bands. That being said, this is a gorgeous EP, well thought out, delicate, roomy, dreamy.
Singer/keyboardist Cait Kellagher is precise and genuine in her vocal delivery, and the way her voice is accented with backing vocal tracks (check out “disappear”) keeps these songs flowing and ephemeral. Guitarist Chris Caulder (who runs Ousted Records in the Philly area) punctuates Kellagher’s keys with lovely guitar lines that float along nicely and add some interest and depth.
This is also clearly recorded and mastered very well–the whole thing sounds nice and clean, and everything is leveled beautifully. You can tell this band works well together and has a clear vision for what they want to accomplish and create.
Listen to this alone and daydreaming in your bedroom if you like dreamy indie-pop like Azure Ray, The Album Leaf, Memoryhouse, etc.
Still EP review by Gerard Longo of Lehigh Valley Underground
Musically, “Still” has a dreamy, ambient quality dominated by cool keyboard tones, tender guitar work, and the soothing vocals of frontwoman Cait Kellagher. The guitar picking on “The Borderline” provides a nice complement to Kellagher’s melancholy over time apart from a loved one, and makes the song an intriguing candidate for a stripped-down, acoustic version. Dynamically speaking, closing track “Here” takes the cake with its powerful instrumental arrangement that provides depth to its swelling, sweet, and simple chorus.
Beauty’s Confusion blurbs (2004-2005)
“I enjoyed the music a great deal. The songs are well-produced, poignant, creative, original, perfectly blended and arranged, and most importantly, inspiring.”
– Britt Nichols, NVUS Films, Inc.
“When you get right down to it, Beauty’s Confusion’s debut ‘Breathe In’ is a sublime collection of sex-havin’ music for the wireless generation.”
– Adam Blyweiss / Y100rocks.com, 2005
“At last! A good band from Florida!”
– Amazon.com review
“Solid, inspiring songs & production. Music that American radio should be playing in 2003, instead of all that whiny punk and macho bullheaded rock.”
– Kelly Elizabeth / Pretty Ugly Magazine, Australia
“I feel like Beauty’s Confusion is made for the closing scene/credits of a film – the music sounds so perfect for that.”
– Kevin Patrick, Musashi Films/POP Films (Atlanta, GA)
“The style and influence of BC will for sure please to the fans of cold trip-pop a-la Portishead and early Hooverphonic. I think that their sound lays somewhere in the midst of these aforementioned fiants. A band to keep an eye on!”
– Side-Line.com review, 2005
– Smother.net review, 2005