Review: Emby Alexander – Dressed Undressing

When faced with the description of “Experimental indie/baroque pop”, there’s a fair chance it’s going to be a love it or hate it experience. The only guarantee is that it’s unlikely to be dull. With this note of caution, any danger can at least be mitigated by the fact that Emby Alexander’s latest EP is only ten minutes long.

Emby Alexander EP Cover

The Arizona quintet exhibit oddness in spades on this brief but many coloured EP. The opening track shifts wildly between an A.R. Kane abstract intro and a girl group chorus, whilst in between the early exuberance of the Mystery Jets are brought to mind. ‘How Hard It Is To Be A Boy’ is no less strange. Once again the chorus seems almost unrelated to the verses, not that Emby Alexander are particular obsessed with orthodox song structures. This time the vocals echo from speaker to speaker in a disorientating and eerie take on modern psych-pop. The third and final track, ‘Drag The Long Way Home’, is close in spirit to Deerhunter with an air of vintage punk-pop at its core but on the surface there’s a deranged yet addictive approach to coherent songwriting. Once again the crazed vocals are to the forefront, of course.

In a way it’s a blessing that the whole listening experience is over in ten minutes because lengthy exposure to this kind of bizarre music is bound to have an effect on one’s sanity. Furthermore, there is certainly a sense that they’re trying too hard to bottle a myriad of influences into each of their songs. Nevertheless, there’s much to be fascinated and thrilled by on Emby Alexander’s first EP which should lure in all lovers of macabre art pop.

Web Sites:
Emby Alexander Official Site
SoundCloud Stream for ‘Dressed Undressed’

Further Listening:
Mystery Jets, Deerhunter

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