EP Review – R. Missing – Unsummering


R.Missing is the name of a dark or cold wave electronic project between New York based Sharon Shy and Toppy, otherwise known as Indie duo The Ropes. This project sees them embrace a darker and introspective form of electronica and experiment in a middle ground between acts such as The Knife and Austra. Their EP is called Unsummering and was released on March 3rd. 

‘Kelly Was a Philistine’ is the lead single from the EP and is evocative of the general sound and feel of the album. With a steady, punchy beat warping synths and reliable, oscillating rhythm section that run beneath Shy’s calm and emotionally detached vocals, this track retains a cool and cold feel with shimmering electronica fading into space providing a glacial atmospheric quality. The title track delivers a driven piece of Electro Pop that has a deep, whirring synth, a more rapid beat and ringing riff as its engine. It is just as coolly delivered with more delicate, vocals responsive to the music. Tracks such as ‘Birthright’ have a pulsating beat with whirring synths flashing and extending from it. The blocky verses feed into the light of the chorus for a dynamic track. 

The EP is full of coolly delivered and well produced music with eerie vocals and misty soundscapes. The lyrics of detachment marry with the music produced and in many ways goes beyond The Knife and Austra comparisons; in parts it screams of John Foxx or even Gary Numa and an earlier dark wave sound. What makes this different are not the robotic or morphed vocals of Numan or Foxx, but the dispassionate delivery of Sharon Shy which hints for the sake of the lyrical narrative that a emotional person was once there. Their investment into their theme has fully paid off for well functioning piece of sophisticated electronica. 

Owen Riddle 

Single Review – Eliot Sumner – Species

Eliot Sumner recently followed up on the success of her debut solo EP Information with another in Early Reflections and in this case she has reimagined the use of the electronic elements of her music  from using them as part of a whirring point of continuity to now utilising them as part of the track’s tune and melody and this is demonstrated well here with ‘Species’. It’s a track that resembles a more modern version of John Foxx’s earlier work with those rumbling beats met with still dark rhythm sections overlapping them. Her husky and low toned vocal echoes and breaks its way through these sounds easily without overbearing them and so a great balanced is achieved here and really all we need now is an album from Eliot Sumner, for it would be an interesting one indeed.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Sunday Suggestion – John Foxx – Underpass

John Foxx was one of the pioneers and forerunners of electronic music. A true innovator who very much carried on some of the more psychedelic-tinged dance music of Silver Apples in the late 60’s. First with Ultravox and then as John Foxx was an inspiration and huge influence to none other than Gary Numan. Another great innovator.  ‘Underpass’ from the 1980 album Metamatic still sounds very late 70’s and early 80’s in terms of the instrumentation, but it is the vitality and tune that is being churned out in this track that makes it sound light-years ahead of most electronic acts prior to him. It is so immediate and razor sharp in it’s quality that it instantly grabs your attention. It then pulls you into the dark and murky depths of his offset vocal and the falling tones of the synths combined with heavy distortion of the synths. He then pulls you back into the immediacy of the chorus with slick and effortless fashion with his spoken vocal ‘Nobody I know’. It is so cold and obstructive but so immersing and mesmerising at the same time. A fantastic track from a fantastic musician.

Sunday Suggestion – John Foxx – Underpass

John Foxx was one of the pioneers and forerunners of electronic music. A true innovator. First with Ultravox and then as John Foxx. An inspiration and huge influence to none other than Gary Numan. Another great innovator. I played ‘Underpass’ from 1980’s Metamatic on Newcastle Student Radio this Wednesday and it really took people aback. Mainly in a positive fashion. It still sounds very late 70’s and early 80’s in terms of the instrumentation, but it is the vitality and tune that is being churned out in this track that makes it sound light-years ahead of most electronic acts prior to him. It is so immediate and razor sharp in it’s quality that it instantly grabs your attention. It then pulls you into the dark and murky depths of his offset vocal and the falling tones of the synths combined with heavy distortion of the synths. He then pulls you back into the immediacy of the chorus with slick and effortless fashion with his spoken vocal ‘Nobody I know’. It is so cold and obstructive but so immersing and mesmerising at the same time. A fantastic track from a fantastic musician.

http://youtu.be/QjA-aFWOZOw

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