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FACTORY ACTS – THIRST EP
Last friday saw the release of their debut on the Analogue Trash label. We’ve been waiting quite a while to hear this after first being impressed by their music and performance at Hardware way back in 2012. We loved them so much we had to have them perform for us at DEF3 (December 2013) and threw our hard earned monies at them as soon as the EP was available on pre-order. There was already the delightful Senseless and Fantasy available on their bandcamp page but obviously this wasn’t enough, fortunately this EP is here to satiate our Thirst for more (And there it is the joke we were all dreading – Ed). (more…)
Barnsley’s (don’t let that put you off) foremost electronic band have finally got round to releasing their debut album. We may be a little biased here at D.E.F. but we think it’s an absolute corker.
Entirely written, produced, arranged, recorded, mastered, promoted et al by musical force of nature Izzie Kirk, and she’s done it spot on.
It’s a constant annoyance when artists come up with and idea for a song and turn it into an album (we’re looking at you Gary Numan). Fortunate then that this album offers a delightful array of colourful soundscapes . Kicking off with the lighter touch of quirky pop opener Light Show, going through the slow and subtle (shall we say eclectic?) Hours and Days and finishing with the euphorically galactic (Here Is) The Light.
While the album never fails to be thrilling in some way at any point there are certain moments which we feel are stand out points. The track Hours and Days remains a firm favourite here for its stunning artistry. It is quiet, subtle and wonderfully inventive. An almost tribal beat and dual vocal lines create a dark mystery and give rise to swirling colours and shapes in the mind. In quite the opposite direction (though no less artistic) is Burn Down which is utterly irresistible dance floor material. It’s so driving it’s impossible to keep still whilst it’s on. Control Freak deserves special mention for some sublime melody work in the chorus and instrumental. There are some perfect note sequences there. Note sequences that just feel so incredibly right and they do SOMETHING to your body and you just know it. When these sequences come in they offer such expansion to the soundscape.
Also of particular note are the arrangements in the album. The songs are often quite densely packed with sounds but yet Izzie somehow manages to balance everything out and stop it becoming a cacophany. Everything is clear and in its place. Which is a lot harder than you may think and many people may take this for granted. Not us. We marvel at all those different sounds all living in harmony with each other. Also the songs structures are a fascinating departure from the fairly typical verse/chorus idea. Often starting on an intro piece which never gets repeated in the song’s main theme (such as light show). Just goes to display what an incredible creative force we’re dealing with here.
If we have to be at all negative we’d have to say we’d edit out Girl Star and Wasted and probably pair them up as a single or some such. It’s not to say they aren’t very good but they don’t seem to fit the journey on which the album takes us It doesn’t stop us wholeheartedly recommending you buy this album.