Release Date: Out Now
I’m so confused and bemused by this release that I’ve been trying to wrap my head around Nottingham trio Eyre Llew for some days now. In the end, I gave up and decided to just listen to the music only to find out that half of this EP is buy a South Korean band! Sometimes, it’s better to just close your eyes, hold your nose and jump right in without overthinking the situation.
Once you’ve acclimatised to the water, you’ll find the ‘Carrier’ EP opening with the epic ‘Silo’ and it is a dreamy delight of a soundscape. The tune sparkles and twinkles in to life like dawn breaking slowly over the horizon, heating each individual dew drop and teasing the flowers open before suddenly and dramatically dropping in to a sparse piano melody. There are parallels with Royksopp, Lemon Jelly, Above & Beyond but also with Radiohead and the B of the Bang which makes this a sure fire BBC6Music (probably the Freak Zone) playlist contender by the time it erupts in to its triumphant crescendo. ‘Bloc’ is up next and has a more commercial length of four and a half minutes compared to its seven-minute predecessor. Here we find Eyre Llew following the sun towards Doves or Elbow destinies, creating an impressive wall of noise that must be rib shakingly good live.
|In the Endless Zanhyang We Are|
Now, half way through this EP, Eyre Llew team up with the aforementioned South Korean outfit, In the Endless Zanhyang We Are, to create ‘Moeve’ which features a number of different movements bringing the two cultures together to create a truly uplifting and inspirational collaboration. ITEZWA take the baton for the rest of the EP with ‘Hero’ which gives Shoegaze a new and refreshed energy as the guitars chime and the drums come at you from across the room with singular intent. The EP closes out with ‘And So It’ which jerks, lurches and shudders in to life with a spaced-out New York vibe before building to a My Bloody Valentine-esque climax with aplomb. I’m still not entirely sure what I’ve been experiencing but it’s enchanting, enthralling and I’ve never heard a split release move so seamlessly from one band to another. So, I think this was stunning, but I also might be high. Like, hella high.
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24th April – Thousand Island, London
25th April – The Bodega, Nottingham
26th April – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
28th April – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
29th April – Retro, Manchester
30th April – The Crofters Rights, Bristol
6th June – FIMU 2019, Belfort