Islet are a Welsh trio who have been hoovered up by Fire for their third album (and first since 2013). Eyelet continues their foraging into the world of psychedelic experimental pop and electronica which draws early comparisons to the likes of Arthur Russell and Jenny Hval. The hills of Wales seem to be a rich source for this kind of hypnotic psych-rock and a wider distributions may fire (actually...seriously no pun intended) Islet into your living room.
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Something for fans of gloopy drum machines, weird folky textures, and ghostly dub atmospheres here. Islet’s new record ‘Eyelet’ is a wonderfully weird record that deserves so much more than the 200 words I will write about it.
I suppose this record bears some resemblance to the oeuvre of Fire Records labelmates Vanishing Twin, but for the most part it exists in its own little corner. What this record does best is taking little elements from the hauntology genre and forming them into this weird soup of sounds that only just about fit together. ‘Clouds’ and ‘No Host’ are album highlights, with a tight, compressed cold-wave sound and an atmosphere bordering on the exultant.
It’s a record that feels fractured. No song sounds the same and the vocals seem to hover above, atop a celestial cloud cloaked in processing. The arpeggio on ‘Geese’ swells uncomfortably and the snare in ‘Radel 10’ seems a bit too loud. This all adds to the tapestry of the album and creates a marvellous atmosphere where there seems to be friction between each instrument.
Get gloopy, go listen to Islet!
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