Releasing EPs in the same leisurely tempo as the tracks they make, Australians Ill's have captured a tiny little bit of our hearts. Their newest release Can I Go With You To Go Back To My Country sees ethereal vocals interlacing with padded synthesized soundscapes, deep beats and guitars that sound like they come from far away.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 04 August 2015
Drawing on sad pop across many different dimensions, I’lls have been crafting songs of taut emotive force for a while now. The most impressive thing about their most recent release, the elusively titled ‘Can I Go Back With You To Go Back To My Country’, is its surprising fluidity; considering that they’re navigating contemporary pop, electronic meshed R&B and garage-lite beats, it’s a wonder that they keep treading water.
James Blake set a course for this kind of pop template, but there’s a variety of influence slithering through these songs: in terms of beats, Burial’s speed-intensive signature has been stamped, and it’s often coupled with vocals that reverberate like they’re caught in dystopian fog. As for the vocals, they sound delicate and distraught, somewhat like a more pronounced Thom Yorke, mumbling and then articulately howling.
I’lls are at their best when they confuse the living shit out of me: on “Let Me Just Have One” beats drive frantically through a chase scene as vocals writhe in and out of the song, slowly deciding upon what needs to be said. On “Substitutions”, warm retro synth beams down as a beat plays out an enthusiastic cowbell rhythm. It’s these little juxtapositions that make the miserable electronica this band are working with compelling -- along with the bass, which will occasionally shake our desk awake. I could do less with the vocal samples, but then I'm hoping that not every band will become Public Service Broadcasting.
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