They say you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family but what if you pick bandmates who are also your family? In the case of Brooklyn’s brother/sister duo KNOX they’ve reached out to an older generation too, since they are also helped out by their father who contributes to the image of this new act. Musically, Nic and Eliza Coolidge operate on the cool side of dubstep/dance music and aren’t afraid to mix in acoustic instruments to incongruous but impressive effect.
Mandolin and dubstep may not be the most obvious of bedfellows but they complement each other well on ‘Here’. Just as important to the band’s sound is Eliza’s breezy vocal and the disorientating shifts in sound where bass frequencies alter as if in an almost hyperactive state. The track is the main focal point of the EP, since it is featured three times in both original and remixed form (there’s a chilled-out take from John Tejada but Kuxxan SUUM’s jungle-inspired version is much busier). ‘Fault’ is based on a grimy post-punk riff and eerie production, given a shaft of light by Eliza’s contribution but she moves from superficial airiness to a soulful, tremulous presence for the spare ‘Mornings’.
Since there are only three tracks to judge, it would be unwise to get too excited about ‘Here EP’. Nevertheless the duo could be on to something with some interesting and adventurous variations on dubstep. Infact, given time, they could even be a natural successor to ‘Walking Wounded/Missing’-era Everything But The Girl.
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