• easy kill Melanscholar (CD, £7.25)

    label: fierce panda

    With its spectral, synthetic layers and perplexed vocals ‘Melanscholar’ is an unfathomably LOVELY record; modern and maudlin, like a woeful Foals blended with sad-faced post-Alt-J japery. But this is an album which is also aware of the ghosts of the past, infused at is with the spirit of Talk Talk while at one point in ‘The Lake’ they sound like an ethereal 10CC. They’re not in love. So don’t forget it. Or, in their own words...EASY KILL come from Manchester, England. They consist of Theo Tobias, Ronan Clowes, Alex Howes, Andrew Keaveney and Thomas Short. 'Melanscholar' is their debut album, and it follows on the hazy heels of lead-off track ‘Phantom Pain’, the summertime single which set out the quintet’s quixotic agenda. Because the EASY KILL sound has been half-jokingly labelled ‘doom-pop’, a term which highlights the duality underpinning their music, wherein quiet thoughtful lulls are followed by louder moments of uplift or down-spiral. Chaos then clarity… the excitement and fear of being alive. This angsty theme has been carefully honed in Easy Kill’s previous releases, the ‘Already Entitled’ EP (2015) and the ‘Sermons’ EP (2016). But it hits a whole new creative apogee with the 'Melanscholar' project, which sees EASY KILL running with the concept of life in the afterlife. "‘Melanscholar’ is the debut album by Easy Kill. It follows the journey of a lost soul, trying to find its bearings in the afterlife. The story is an allegory about growing up and learning to adapt to circumstances outside of your control. The more Melanscholar can glean about what keeps it in this strange limbo, the greater its chance of passing through. 1. How to Talk (Exit Laughing) 2. Phantom Pain 3. Constant Hum 4. Stand Ins 5. The Lake 6. Guilt Trip to the Moon 7. Two O'Clock Ghost 8. Coping Haven 9. Projection Room 10. Morning Son (Move On)

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