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- Blue Break EP by Jamie Isaac
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Jamie Isaac’s ‘I Will Be Cold Soon’ 12” from the middle of last year was a stone cold classic of clicky, cavernous weeptronica.
Taking the James Blake blueprint, Isaac seemed to invoke a more genuine emotion and space in his tracks that stood up to repeated listens. Not as clever as Blake but more personal, more poignant. This is the follow up and the opening title track is more of the same, perhaps slightly more over egged on the vocal effects front but generally carrying on where the last 12” left off. What we have then are sparse piano chords, post dubstep/witch house clicks and cuts and vocals heavy on the emotion. ‘She Dried’ is more of a stand out I think, over some gorgeously atmospheric piano chords Isaac wails and weeps as the track builds there’s some quite stunning effects used to create an embattled atmosphere.
The tracks seem slightly busier than last time and I’m not sure whether this is a good or bad thing but on ‘Mother’s Love Don’t Stretch’ the vocals overlap each other to extraordinary effect, there’s burbling electronica behind the piano and a nice introductions of some jazzy guitar chords, emphasising the Talk Talk/Bark Psychosis feel of some of this EP. The final ‘Can See’ opens again with gorgeous piano, superbly recorded vocals, distorted stretched effects creating a blissful air.
What I like about these EP’s is that there’s absolutely no filler, in fact I’d go as far as saying that the title track is the weakest of the four. Good stuff again.
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