Es: Object Relations 12"

Es: Object Relations 12"


Tags: · 10s · clearance · clearancesticker · london · melodic · post-punk · recommended · uk
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Object Relations is the debut by ES, four women based between London and Glasgow making 'mutant synth-punk for our dystopian present’ (Jes Skolnik). Tense, bass driven and synth heavy with frantic drumming and cold, direct vocals, the 12" delivers 4 tracks of gelid guitar-less post punk that is equal parts sparse and cosmic. Think of a mix of KUKL with NO DEFENCES jamming with X-MAL DEUTSCHLAND and you may be getting there.

The 12” record comes housed in a sleeve designed by Es and comes with a lyric insert and download code.


Our take: Another draught from the apparently bottomless well of great contemporary London punk. The first thing that you'll notice about Es is that they have a very distinctive sound. The rely on vocals, bass, drums, and synth (no guitars as far as I can discern), and while the bottom end generally operates in a typical post-punk milieu, the synth is on a really weird setting that gives the band a unique sound that I find it impossible to describe. The closest comparison I can think of is with the Australian band Brando's Island's use of the vibraphone, but it's a different texture and a different vibe (no pun intended here)... the link is that both bands have a very distinctive sound and voice. As for the songs themselves, they combine the dark and brooding vibe of something like Rakta with shouted, punk-inspired vocals that don't carry a lot of melody but definitely have a powerful intensity about them. Es are a strange band, no doubt about it, but if you love finding records that don't sound like anything else in your collection you will flip out for this, and even if you're just looking for a great, angry, slightly quirky punk record you'll still find a lot to love here.