MUSIC REVIEW: THE BLACK LAMPS / IMOKO SET STEREOMATIC SPLIT EP. 9/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful split EP with a track from both bands and then both remixed as well. Opening with Black Lamp’s Scissor Paper Stone; it’s a swooning, atmospheric ride with hints of Stephen Morris drums by Deano, Explosions in the Sky guitars courtesy of Lyndon and a haunting, medative vocal from Liam.

Imoko Set’s Hazards of Motion is pure induldgent pop. Reminscent of underated groups like theaudience, The Delgados and Salad; the song has perfect boy/girl harmonies from Emma and Jamie and a chorus and bridge to die for with flourishes of keyboard fluttering over the climbing distorted guitar. Along with Mynas; Barnsley here has two of the finest pop groups around.

Of the two remixes here by Dr. Technical; the latter is the best, completly altering Imoko Set into a Saint Etienne fusion of 90’s dance rhythms with 60s pop.

SCORE: 9/10

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