Thursday, February 12, 2015
Le Thug - Place Is EP
The opening track, "Outer Herbidean", presents immediate, aggressive shogaze with distorted guitars and insistent beats and waves of synths. The following "Pals" slows down proceedings and provides a delightfully rubbery beat to support the dreamy vocals. "Basketball Land" understandably has been selected by the label (or band) to showcase the release. Over a prominent martial beat and a gauzy backdrop Clio's vocals carry the listener away. Every track on this release is appealing, stirring the listener with pulsing beats and enveloping the listener in swaths of noise. I expect we are going to be treated to more thuggish delights in the future.
Le Thug is Dann McColgan (synths/samples/producer), Michael Gilfedder (guitar/vocals), and Clio Alexandra Maclellan (vocals). They previously released a split 12" on Song By Toad Records and a self-released EP on Bandcamp. Place Is EP is out now as of February 16 on Edinburgh's Song By Toad Records. Initially, it is available as a vinyl release with a digital download card. I believe that the label intends to make it available for direct digital purchase soon.
Bandcamp for Ripping EP
Order page at Song By Toad Records
Song By Toad Records