It is almost impossible to categorise Saving Aimee. Having recently supported bands as diverse as McFly and Enter Shikari, they don't themselves seem to know where they belong. The young, unsigned British band's live performances have, however, been winning them a number of fans up and down the country.
Small Talk is a classic example of what Saving Aimee are all about, fusing together a number of different sounds and genres (a tactic that has recently been extremely successful for bands such as Pendulum and Enter Shikari). But Saving Aimee's mix of soft rock, pop, lots of keyboards, synthesizers, and a catchy chorus (that could easily belong to any of the current crop of American so-called "emo" bands) sounds unnatural, and slightly forced.
The fast-paced verses (which could almost be described as rapping) sound a little out of place alongside a chorus that will definitely stay in your head for days. Despite this catchiness, the song seems to lack any long-term appeal, or the professional feel that they would no doubt have, were they signed to a major label.
This is a promising effort from a band that deserve a huge amount of credit for their energetic live performances, but they're not quite yet the finished article. The future's bright...