Four years after their debut EP Object Relations comes the first full-length album from the immensely promising London-based DIY four-piece Es. Dealing in dark, mutated synth-punk, Less of Everything was recorded last summer after the band were briefly split between England and Scotland, and should be one of 2020’s most exciting debuts.
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180g clear/white/silver marble vinyl LP on Upset The Rhythm. Edition of 500 copies incl. hand-printed risograph insert.
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In 2015 I took a train from Utrecht to the small town of Geleen to go to Geleen Calling, a goth-adjacent all-dayer that the Ex were playing for some reason. Es would have fit on to that bill very nicely, and probably would have got me a bit more excited that some of those other bands did…
So yes, goth adjacent! ‘Less Of Everything’ is the debut album from the London four-piece on the ever reliable Upset The Rhythm, and it’s full of lurid post-punk that has a gothic energy about it. We mostly have Flora Watters to thank for that. Her keys float above the bass, drums and vocal noise of the rest of the band, giving them a sci-fi shine. They’re bright and lurid, the sonic equivalent of the gunge they’d dump annoying teachers into on ‘Get Your Own Back’. ‘Severed’ features heavy use of the keyboard's pitch shifter creating something that sounds like a sound effect from Doctor Who.
The basslines are big and chunky, an enormous gut punch. The inventive drumming softens you up a bit more before Maria Cecilia Tedemalm’s might vocals finish you off. It’s a deadly combination, propulsive enough to shoot you across the room you’re listening to it in. And when those weird keys kick in, you'll be grateful.
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