Glasgow’s Vital Idles follow up 2018’s debut LP, Left Hand, with a new EP simply titled, EP. Their music recalls The Velvet Underground, Young Marble Giants and The Raincoats in a kinda post-punk-meets-indie-pop way. So, this is a good thing, we are sure of it. 4-track 7” EP on Upset The Rhythm.
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4-track 7" EP on Upset The Rhythm. Edition of 400 copies.
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Vital Idles have released an EP which is as far as I can make out, called ‘EP’. Slightly unnerving title aside, this sparse, dissonant EP (I’ll try to stop writing EP, now) is a very weird collection of songs that I enjoyed very much. Opener ‘Break A’ is chock-full of weird vocal tics, like whoops, squeaks, and what sounds like deconstructed yodelling, and has a brilliant, almost Shellac-style bassline as well as great, ringing guitar chords. 'Break A' is my favourite song off the EP (sorry) and sets the tone for this strange, discordant record. The dissonance is my favourite aspect of this EP (oops) (it’s augmented fourth central, let me tell you). Jessica Higgins’ vocals are also fantastic, possessing a distinctive, inimitable style.
Although each song is very short (three are two minutes or under), don’t let this suggest for one second that the album is light on content. Each piece is clearly well thought-out and really packs a punch. In this EP (wah!) Vital Idles have hit upon a winning formula, but I would love to hear some of the more introspective, slower stuff that’s hinted upon on their debut LP with tracks like ‘Geraniums’ and ‘Now & Again’. Although there are hints of other groups, with obvious comparisons able to be made to Devo, the aforementioned Shellac, or even the Talking Heads. Vital Idles push that dissonant, art rock, new wave kind of vibe into new, exciting areas. This EP (oh no) is a sucker-punch that signals a bright future for the Glasgow group.
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