Hockeysmith are Annie & Georgie Hockeysmith, two sisters who spent most of the last year living and making music in a caravan on a farm in Falmouth, Cornwall. In need of more room to live and record the sisters recently traded the caravan for an old tour bus and now they count members of Hawkwind as neighbours on the farm.
Following an acclaimed 12” debut single on their own Backabelly label and a recent beacon with the track and video for ‘But Blood’, Hockeysmith now announce the details of their forthcoming debut EP of the same name. The But Blood EP will be released May 26th on Double Denim Records.
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Here's a short but sweet EP of dreamy electronic pop from Falmouth-based sisters Annie and Georgie Hockeysmith, who apparently recently upgraded their living/recording quarters from a caravan to an old tour bus. Living the dream indeed.
Anyway there are four tracks on this EP and it's a kind of feverish, slightly experimental electronic pop that's not a million miles from Grimes. A post-it stuck to the front backs me up on this, saying "Sounds amazing nu-gaze/disco/Grimes hybrid". Proceedings open with a short instrumental 'Phantom Whistle', a pulsating, twitching synthscape that subtly builds in intensity before we head into the throbbing minimal synth-funk of the title track, laced with silky vocals and cheeky distorto-loops that bend the sound in a slightly industrial direction, building up with some tasty modular synth bloops twisted into acidy squiggles alongside squealing, crunching trails of electric guitar. A crescendo climax that doesn't descend into cliche. Very cool.
Over on the other side are two more conventional bits of electronic pop, although these are also pretty cool with soulful vocals and subtle textures. They're good at dropping in little bits of guitar just where it'll be the most effective while their cold robotic pop chugs along single-mindedly, although I have to admit that while pleasant, closer 'Meanwhile' takes some wind out of their sails with its plodding pace and blurry ethereal dream-drones. I'm particularly enjoying the title track but there's plenty of good ideas going on here.
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