RELEASED: 22ND JUNE 2015, SONY
When did music start to sound so…complicated?! When Everything Everything released latest album Get to Heaven. That’s when. It looks like we’ve run out of pigeon holes. Evs Evs (as the kids say) have chucked out the rule book for their third album and have decided to chuck everything, everything at it.
Jonathan Higgs’ voice is only part of a musical collage that will leave you simultaneously reeling, exhilarated, confused and twitching like a puppet on a string, or festivalgoer at Glasto or upcoming Reading. There’s no one theme running throughout the album, which keeps your ears, um, on their toes. There’s tropical electronica, glitchy R&B, straight up indie rock and mutant beach disco.
The band themselves carry the weight of experimentation on their shoulders, like taking the baton forward from Radiohead, but doing so with grace, and with Higgs’ voice snarling, soaring and scratching at lyrics with oblique but powerful imagery.
To the Blade rides a wave of chirruping electronics, whirr of invisible blades and polyrhythmic energy. Distant Past has a bouncing, Julio Bashmore style b-line, submarine pings, and indie vocals reminiscent of 2 Door Cinema Club and there’s no regret for Regret, a warped doo wop with a minimal backbeat that just keeps thumping away.
Get to Heaven and Spring / Summer whisk you away to a beach disco you’d never dream of. Blast Doors sounds like a sped-up Missy Elliot, especially with lines like ‘wouldn’t have to school ya’. Warm Healer rises skywards with celestial synths and pulses and throbs with gentle drama.
It’s an exhausting journey but at LOTI, we’re definitely fans, and will stick at it for the long haul.