EP Review – Batsch – Collar

Collar

Dark synth pop band Batsch release their second EP Collar on July 14th on Tin Angel Records. It is a pretty rapid follow up from their Tiles EP which was released earlier this year and it sees them go on to develop and hone their sound further. It’s out via digital download and limited cassette, which is great to hear with cassettes almost being forgotten amongst everyone desperately trying to get their hands on vinyl. The five track EP opens with ‘Celina’ which whirrs itself to an opening before a gentle yet purposeful riffs and bass lines. These are broken up by chiming synths and sharp lead riffs. The vocal is easy and subtle while still delivering the lyrics in a pop like fashion to match the music. The song ties all of these elements together for a track filled with electronically charged and guitar driven hooks and vocal melodies that are all easy on the ear. An indelible bass line along with a jolting, discotheque guitar set the foundations of ’22’ as wiry synths are set across it all. It breaks off into a analogue interlude before being led back again by the jolting guitars. ‘Did You Hear About Argine’ includes those wiry and chiming synth moments but is mainly sparse affair with the bass foundation and the synths and guitars rolling off it. ‘Mirrorball’ is wonderfully formed bit of electronic rhythms and structures with slightly echoed vocals of the chorus offset by the deep sounds of the verse vocal. ‘Can’t Tell’ is inescapably catchy and funk filled track with electronic fills that are made more appreciated by the fluid vocals that sit amongst the instrumentals. This EP is unrelenting in the hooks and pop melodies that encase the clever rhymes of the lyrics; all of which are delivered with all efficiency and control. A well fought out and delivered EP.

 

 

 

 

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