It’s been long speculated, much anticipated, well received so of course it’s rad. ‘Arc’ is the new release to be beamed down from the Everything Everything brain ship.
The Mancunian quartet are as tight as ever. Higgs’ unmistakable falsettos are flawless and matched seemingly effortlessly by the band’s tinkering. That’s the best way I can describe their doings: ‘tinkering’. Is that even onomatopoeic, who knows? Answers on a postcard.
I think what makes this band the musical engineers of today is the layers of their sound. In most modern day outfits the percussion often takes a backseat, but it’s often drowned in resentment. EE sound like they’ve got a solidified agreement. An appreciative forethought imbedded deep within the team of what the final product is going to sound like, then they just go out and execute.
Obviously the headline is ‘Kemosabe’ – that sucker was stuck in my head for a week. It opens with the usual weird, non-descript bollocks that EE apparently live for but it’s what it evolves into that I really need to get across. It’s all about the fat power chords that beautifully stab into the verse and the shouts and interjections from Higgs’ backup. It’s been built in pretty much the same way Schoolin’ was, by which I mean you can sing along without really knowing the words. Just make whiney, high-pitched, melodious noises and you’re well on your way to the likes of Kemosabe.
The difference between this lot and your typical high pitched whine is that they execute with a finely crafted Wilkinsword and I’m assuming their studio operator is half studio-terminator.
To paraphrase Buzz Lightyear: this isn’t singing – it’s whinging, with style.
When I first heard ‘Feet For Hands’ I thought I was listening to that emotionally detached Radiohead number from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet screenplay. I wasn’t disappointed for long however, it ticks all of the boxes and works well as a mortar tying the album’s loose ends together.
As an overall, it’s powerful and soothing all in one neatly wrapped boxset. It’s a sodden road Everything Everything have been treading for a while but it’s their empathetic, cruel and melancholic approach to music that I find engaging. It hosts the beauty of The XX’s composites and simultaneously the drive of more powerful groups like Vampire Weekend and Boy Crisis. They’re flirting with the parameters of studio-electronic, modern hipster-wave and it’s working brilliantly.
These lads are going to be touring this album this summer, make sure you’re there.
Find the published piece at I Are Yeti