There's been a few iterations over the past decade of The Mowgli's, but there's been more than a few constants. Colin Dieden and Katie Earl have consistently driven the band's sound with a lot of sweet harmonies. Dieden and his group have done a tremendous job of writing songs with catchy melodies. The Mowgli's have spread a lot of love and a lot of positive energy in their tenure. The band's back with a new EP called American Feelings, and the four songs on this EP embody who The Mowgli's are perfectly.
"Hard to Love" has a great chorus and is brilliantly written from a melody standpoint. The production and instrumentation are crisp and enjoyable too. Dieden takes the lead on vocals for the song and he does a tremendous job. "Mr. Telephone" is Earl's turn to shine. It's just as good as "Hard to Love", but it's a little more intelligent from a lyrical standpoint throughout its verses. The harmonies in the chorus are also superb. "Norman Rockwell" slows things down on the EP a bit, but it's still a good song and the horns are a nice touch to the production. I'm not sure the chorus clicks as well as the other songs on the EP, but it's still good. "Talk About It" has Earl back on lead vocals and it's a bass-driven song with a cool harmony in the chorus. It's just as good as "Mr. Telephone" and "Hard to Love."
The Mowgli's haven't earned the recognition they deserve over the past decade. Their song collection is amazing when you look at the entire body of work, and this EP exemplifies just how good they are. If you're a fan of the band, then you'll love this. If you've never listened to any of their work, this is as good a place as any to start.