These catchy-song producing kids have undergone some line-up changes, but the songs still retain their qualities. Evans the Death’s second album is promised to further venture in their own direction, and as with all second albums, we’re eager to see which path that is. Expect Delays is almost here, and apart from the wait, we don’t know what to tell you to expect...
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Proving that the C86-influenced acts of today aren't all just jangle and fey posturing, Evans The Death continue their affinity for reverb and fuzz on second album Expect Delays, heightening it perhaps a little more here, which is what I felt was missing from their self-titled 2012 debut. They sound more sophisticated this time around though, but their aptitude for melody and perfect pop remain firmly intact.
Katherine Whitaker’s striking vocals have developed since their debut, but are similarly beguiling. They conjure a sound somewhere between Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry and the fragmented folk of Intrinsic Grey at times, showing proficiency that seldom sounds this good in bands of their ilk.
There are so many nuanced triumphs here: the soft, buried vocals and ethereal discordance recalls my Bloody Valentine’s sonic explorations, while the hurried fuzz of tracks like ‘Enabler’ ‘Bad Year’ and ‘Sledgehammer’ are beautifully counteracted by the contemplative quieter moments like the languid, introspective brilliance of ‘Waste Of Sunshine’ and loud – quiet, frantic balladry of ‘Idiot Button’.
Overall, Whittaker's vocals are their most prevailing aspect, and it’s perhaps what separates them from the rest of the modern indie pop contingent. Evans The Death are at their best when her voice takes centre stage: bringing soul and gravitas on jangle-heavy ’Sledgehammer’ and fabulously fuzzed-up single ‘Enabler’, for example. The song writing is strong; the band make everyday existence sound almost captivating. Expect Delays is a master class in intelligent, well-crafted guitar-pop perfection.
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