Kill Krinkle Club -The Bloody Murder of Krinkle
Kill Krinkle Club are Justin Cummins and Elena Bergman – one Irish, one Swedish. The 6 songs on the EP are reflective, twinkling electronica-fused skewed pop. It sounds naive and calculated all at once with a hypnotic, laid-back atmosphere. It may be a downbeat affair but there are enough ambient flourishes and vocal melodies to keep your attention. The last track ‘Lakes’ is the highlight of the bunch with a combination of guitar and synth arpeggio backing a lovely Elena-sung melody and Justin’s opening monologue. State will be keeping an eye out for Kill Krinkle Club.
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Star Little Thing – This Is My Life
One thing State noticed about Star Little Thing is that they play an awful lot of launch parties. Just an observation but the close alignment with the world of Marketing/PR without any upcoming headline gigs leaves us feeling slightly suspect. Their next gig is in The Button Factory for a Fashion Evolution event with another band known for playing launch parties – Dirty Epics. So how do they fare musically?
The title track is reminscent of early-nineties baggy music like Flowered Up’s ‘Weekender’ or mid-’90s fusion of dance and rock. How much you like this song depends on how much you like that description. The song lacks any readily discernable structure and sounds like a five and a half minute refrain. It is immaculately produced however. ‘In The Grass of My Past’ is more immediate tune with a rolling dark synth line and a dark beat. There are some nice musical ideas but the whole thing isn’t grabbing us. Maybe it’s too polished? Or maybe, it’s a case of style over substance like those launch parties?
Vertigo Smyth – Future Happiness EP
Straight outta Ennis, comes Vertigo Smyth’s debut EP. His favourite albums list include Beck’s Sea Change, Jeff Buckley’s Grace and Neil Young’s Harvest. Despite his own material sharing an acoustic commonality with these records, the end result is a lot more playful and carefree and the 4 tracks here fly by. Opener ‘Comfort Me’ is a lovely ukulele-led number with handclaps and delightfully subtle backing vocals. ‘Dirty Blue’ admonishes hipster jeans in a laidback fashion complete with brass-mimicking mouth solo. A promising debut release.
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This Bastard Rain – ..Will Crush Us All
This woozy, lo-fi 5-track starts with bags of noise and distortedly drunk-on-whiskey guitars and a man with a gruff male voice singing over it. The song is about the current governor of Tokyo. So far, so weird. In ‘The Song of Tereus’ the singer takes the narrative role of Tereus in Greek mythology. A lovely man who violated his wife’s sister, then cut out her tongue so she couldn’t tell anyone. It’s strangely compelling, like a slightly off-key Nick Cave murder ballad. ‘El Sangre Sagrado’ leads us further into the darkness. The Bastard Rain are a discordant mix of archaic folk, lo-fi, chamber music and rock.
More EP reviews next week.