Easter are a five-piece slow rock band from Manchester who blur the lines between pop structures and loose experimentalism, as the song’s of Tom Long provide the heartbeat to journeys of expression and expansion. Their debut E.P. Hob Talk gives voice to shades of feeling that British musicians usually keep bottled up, preferring to delegate sole rights to emotionally disturbed Americans such as Mark Kozelek and Jeff Tweedy. With local-colour sadness as their starting point, Easter intervene with dream-seeking melodies and lush, multi-textured arrangements to announce an authentic British melancholy unseen since the forgotten Shoe-gaze bands. It is with the title track that Easter’s way with a tune is most uniquely realised, with the warm bass riff melting the icy guitar textures into distant reverie, before cello lines usher a chorus of haunting, delicate beauty. How fitting that such music should emerge as rain stops play for another British summertime and once again we become spectators of Nature’s decay; for as Christian mythology contends, Easter is not only a remembrance of death but also of rebirth. It is in this sense that Easter have chosen their name well, with their music serving to remind that as the external world dies the inner life can still be lived to the max.
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