This new EP from Italy’s Human Colonies may set expectations low with the unpromising title of ‘Demo/EP’ but for the most part it certainly doesn’t sound like it. Indeed, there are strong indications here they can be a band of some distinction rather than one who modestly describe themselves as “blurred dreamy cloudy fuzzy something”
‘Sunshine Jesus’ pushes all the right shoegaze buttons from the song’s rhythmic intensity to the blank vocals and the guitar crescendos which sound like an aeroplane taking off. ‘Falling Deeper’ is cut from a much more eerie cloth, thanks largely to the track’s metronomic percussion and subdued voices. The Florence trio come into their own for ‘Cross’, where the guitars satisfyingly grind and drive their way relentlessly and a welcome lightness of touch is added by the airy yet yearning vocals and elegant synthesizer washes. It’s the longest track and justifiably so since it’s the one with the most depth and variety. Although it can hardly be described as a setback but ‘Hey You’ muddies the water a little and is arguably the track which sounds most like a “demo” but at least it eventually stirs from the submerged effects to deliver a memorable coda.
Overall, ‘Demo/EP’ is an encouraging start for what will hopefully be a long journey for the talented Italians. For now, file them alongside Ride and Chapterhouse but given that each song is different to the last, who knows where they will go next?
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