Cyanide Thornton // Cyanide Thornton [EP Review]

Band: Cyanide Thornton

Release: Cyanide Thornton

Area: Melbourne

Date of release: November 9th, 2018

Genre: Folk Rock

"Sometimes gravity looks like my enemy, and sometimes it’s my mother."

Raw emotion bleeds throughout the vibrations of Cyanide Thorntons debut self titled EP. Immersive, enchanting and intimate - just a few words to describe the sensation that is Cyanide Thornton.

Weight’ begins and the track is a nice, slow build; everything is so powerful, yet so subtle. Wonderfully soft guitar tones, with the perfect amount of crunch to slightly hinge your senses. As the guitar becomes shrill, it takes over and fills the space until you’re overcome; silence, and Sienna Thorntons' breathy, angelic voice cuts through. ‘Weight’ is the perfect beginning to this EP. It gives you just a taste of what will soon consume you.

Violin Song’ begins with the plucking of orchestral strings. A short and sharp beginning, that slowly unravels into long, elegant notes played by a violin; it almost took me completely off the earth as she sobs through the words ‘hands’ so beautifully. I was so moved by this song. My heart quivers as Siennas voice gently glides along each note as a generous amount breath and desperation slips through. The chorus pierces your soul and carries you through the depths of your pain.

Pace picks up with ‘Hot Air’. Just like with every song, you can feel the freedom. She takes control of the melody, tone and phrasing so well. She gleefully yells ‘Woo’ and the sonic tangent begins.

While technique is slightly lacking with her voice, this does not compromise tone or quality. In fact, it does quite the opposite. The freedom showcased here shows me who Cyanide Thornton are. The embodiment of artistic freedom; dissonant notes and asymmetrical drum patterns throughout that work so incredibly well and I’m just in awe. The way she is singing perfectly portrays the feeling within each song on the EP and this is what makes art, art. The nonchalant way of singing depicts Sienna Thornton is a woman of strength gained through pain and hopelessness.

Rotten Tooth’ is exposing, raw and elegant all in it’s own right. Pure eloquence paired with that raw and incredible emotive singing. It was at this point I realise that this EP by far of the most impressive debut EPs I have ever listened to. I give them this, for the tenacity to put their whole self out there the way that they have.

A perfect ending, to a perfect ending ‘Heavy and Wide’ was pleasantly purgative throughout, but I especially loved the jam between Ellah Blake (drums) David Pesavento (bass) and Sienna Thornton (guitar) at the end. Well rounded and a perfect summary of the journey that Cyanide Thornton had just taken me on.

The whole EP makes me want to sit in a bubbly bath with candles and a glass of red wine - maybe somewhere in Paris - reflecting on past heartache.

Another to add to my list of rare music I believe will only come once in a lifetime

Vocals: 8.5/10

Guitars: 9/10

Bass: 10/10

Drums: 8.5/10

Lyrics: 5/5

Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST): 5/5

Mixing: 9/10

Production: 18/20

Structure: 18/20

Overall: 90.5/100

Personal Enjoyment: 10/10

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