It’s time for another go at the Lucky Dip! Let’s get straight into it, shall we?
The Machine Room are releasing a new single Love From A Distance EP, recorded Tape Singles’ studio, sometime this autumn, and I think it’s the best thing I’ve heard from them so far. They keep creeping up on me, gaining a bit of ground with each new track and this in particular shows off maybe a more focused sound than previously, more polished perhaps.
But don’t any any attention to me, listen to it yourself and tell me what you think.
It might be pre-emptive to pop a rating on already but posts generally feel incomplete without them.
Their mission statement is as admirable as any: “a showcase for those artists that have come to Tape, stolen our hearts and deserve to be heard.” And I can certainly understand how their hearts were stolen; both tracks are mesmerisingly good.
Ever, the offering from Dead Boy Robotics, starts with a wailing, ghostly guitar intro that grinds into a more electronic, synth and vocal-propelled track. The twin vocals of the duo are complimented pretty darn well by the guitar riffs that alternate between power drill breakdowns and spine-tingling cyclical warblings, and it’s easy to see their influences (Animal Collective, Subtle, Liars) at play here.
Machine Room’s track, Girly, is a much softer foil. It takes a few more listens to really get into (I attribute this in part to the fact I’ve had Fleet Foxes’ new album on repeat for ooh, 24 hours at least?), but it’s good, nearly equally good as Ever. Think The Secret Handshake with a Scottish accent; think keys and synth and a high-viz chorus as fluorescent as a lava lamp spillage in a traffic cone factory.