EP: Reset Band: Fractures Area: Melbourne, VIC Date of release: 25/01/2019 Genre: Indie Rock / Electro Pop For Fans Of: Two Door Cinema Club, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Bloc Party
“Shifting shapes, this daylight makes us stronger than we know. Sharing space, our bodies make up sculptures of their own” - Sculptures
There are some artists and genres in the modern musical landscape that scream out to be loved by our inner emo kids. Artists that demand their own niche and their own movements, but who are also beholden to the melancholy sounds of the genres a generation before. I would place Fractures into that space between the old and the new, and that isn’t at all a bad place to be. The new EP 'Reset' opens with the title track, which is a sampler of sorts of the various styles and feelings that you’ll expect to experience through the rest of the EP: A well-crafted mix of electronic rhythm and counter-melody behind guitar sections highly reminiscent of early Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club or Foals. The production quality is excellent, and you can tell that this release has been given a large amount of time and care.
‘Recover’ stands out as a memorable indie pop / indie rock track that still maintains that emotive, slightly melancholy feel and fits in perfectly as the second track on the EP. It is a high energy piece that could get a room dancing, driven by an excellent guitar hook in the chorus. Lyrically, this track explores themes of unrequited love and complex relationships.
Tracks 3 and 4, ‘Dawn’ and ‘Splinter’, both slow down the tempo and warrant comparisons to current artists like Vancouver Sleep Clinic. Both of these songs invoke feelings of nostalgia, loss and longing as they use their high-fuzz guitars and Luca Brasi-style chord progressions to keep pulling at the heartstrings.
Arguably the best track on the record, ‘Sculptures’ shows Fractures flexibility as an artist. As an acoustic ballad, this piece would fit comfortable on Bloc Party’s 'A Weekend in the City' or Bon Iver’s self-titled album. This is the sort of song that conveys so much sadness in its sound as it discusses a changing landscape between lovers, and the depth of human connection.
As a complete package, 'Reset' is an impressive EP from a clearly accomplished artist who has discovered a genre-blending sound that will appeal to many audiences.
Vocals: 8/10 Guitar: 8/10 Bass: 7/10 Drums: 8/10 Lyrics: 4/5 Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST): 5/5 Mixing: 8/10 Production: 18/20 Structure: 16/20
Overall Score: 81/100
Personal Enjoyment: 8/10