Fitting nicely in the row of bass-heavy, vocally high-pitched and electronic artists like Seekae, Chet Faker and James Blake, Petite Noir adds his own brand of South African rhythm to build unique and captivating songs. The King of Anxiety is only a teaser EP for his upcoming full length, but we’ll be playing it on repeat!
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It’s best if music sounds like something else. Easier to market. On the opener ‘Come Inside’ from this new South Africa based signing to Domino’s Double Six imprint, you feel that something fairly original is happening. The track has a dark world music feel with a repeated vocal mantra building in intensity as the track moves on. Oddly, from therein, they turn into a carbon copy of the Wild Beasts.
‘Chess’ is the Wild Beasts to the point that Phil thinks that the record has been mis-pressed and instead contains the new Wild Beasts album. In fairness, it sits somewhere in the sweet spot between Wild Beasts and early TV on the Radio, but the contrast between the falsetto vocals and the baritone vocals are comical in their familiarity. And if you thought ‘Chess’ sounded like Wild Beasts, you should listen to ‘Shadows’. This is ludicrous. It’s good music and I’m enjoying it but my goodness it sounds like the Wild Beasts. There are subtle differences -- their beats are crunchier than the rather limp Wild Beasts ones and they pummel away in a much more intense manner on ‘Till We Ghosts’. I just don’t know how someone's voice manages to replicate someone else's so accurately. Remember that guy from the Grumbleweeds who used to do Jimmy Saville? Yeah, where’s he now?
Finally on closer ‘The Fall’ they sound less like Wild Beasts and more worryingly like Annie Lennox. I’m not complaining though - the EP shows plenty of promise. They just needed to hear ‘Present Tense’ before they made it. Let’s hope the forthcoming LP showcases the more original aspects hinted at on this EP.
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