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Cosines Transitions Fika Recordings
Article written by
Ged M - Jul 3, 2016
The band claim to be in a period of transition between 2014’s first album indiepop and a new record scheduled for 2017, and this EP starts to define the new direction with a confident experimental tone. It opens, though, with the cool and poised indiepop of ‘Let’s Start It Over’, mixing up Stereolab and New Order to pull some ecstatic dancefloor shapes. ‘Ra’ is far stranger, full of mysterious and exotic krautrock rhythms, while ‘Chaos Theory’ is minimalist synth pop with skronky jazz saxophones and dry, Saint-Etienne-style vocals. ‘Dunbar’ is the protest-song electro/pop stand out, which was written to play at the Buffalo Bar just before it closed down. It’s performed at a ferocious pace and burns with a righteous anger at the property developers who closed the venue: “all you guys with the money should just leave our shit alone”. It sums up the EP: powerfully pulsing rhythms, energetic melodies and a fearless way with pop clearly inspired by predecessors but unafraid to mess with the familiar templates.