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23/06/2014 : HATCHLING - Other EP

HATCHLING

Other EP

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Electro PopSynth Pop / Electro PopSynthpop

[85/100]   

Self-released
23/06/2014, Ward DE PRINS

EN

Friday night. Listening to some dark music. Putting on pikes, black lace shirt, black eye shadow, rosaries and a lot of rings and bracelets, combing our hair straight up, and we were ready to go out, in the eighties anyway.

This album brings me instantaneously back in that ambiance but this band is not another eighties clone. Hatchling does make eighties related synth music, but they clearly reflected on the songs on this EP.

In opener "PRFCT", tight rhythms and harmonious melodies form, along with the high female voice, an instant synthpop song. And on "Names" this recipe is used again, but this time also with a delightful melancholic male voice.

And from the third composition, they begin to intrigue me even more. Soundtrack sounds, directly escaped out of a fifties sci-fi classic, opens "Ellen". The song is teetering perfectly on the edge of the narrative and danceable. Just as The Human League, all compositions are instant recognizable, danceable and even a potential hit (if it were yet another decade).

The penultimate track, "Latin", is daring. The up-tempo parts resemble a (young) Gary Numan, where the slow parts are almost a mystical soundtrack, which does not break the song at all yet builds a balanced song.

And this soundtrack approach is fully driven in "Birds", the last song on this EP. With minimalist synth and beautiful, refined piano arrangements it forms a magnificent composition.

Too bad it's an EP, because I would really like to know this band a lot better, but as a debut & teaser "Other" is absolute brilliant. Looking forward to that first full album!

(And in the meantime: support your scene! Buy this album!)

www.htchlng.com

Ward DE PRINS
23/06/2014




NL

Vrijdagavond. Een of ander duister plaatje opzetten. Puntschoenen aandoen, zwart kanten hemd, zwarte oogschaduw, paternosters & massa’s ringen en armbanden, haren omhoog en we waren klaar om uit te gaan, in de jaren tachtig dan toch.

Dit plaatje brengt me instant terug in die sfeer maar is geen zoveelste jaren tachtig kloon. Hatchling maakt jaren tachtig gerelateerde synth composities maar er is duidelijk nagedacht over de songs op deze EP.

Strakke ritmes & harmonieuze melodielijnen vormen in opener “PRFCT”, samen met de hoge vrouwenstem, een instant klare synthpop song. Op “Names” mag dit nog eens overgedaan worden, doch ditmaal ook met een heerlijk melancholische mannenstem.

En vanaf de derde compositie beginnen ze me nog meer te intrigeren. Soundtrack geluiden die zo uit een jaren vijftig sci-fi klassieker zijn ontsnapt luiden “Ellen” in, verhalend doch balancerend op de rand van het dansbare. Net zoals The Human League zijn alle composities instant herkenbaar, dansbaar & hitgevoelig (ware het een ander decennium).

De voorlaatste track, “Latin”, is gedurfd. De uptempo delen zouden zo op een (oud) Gary Numan album kunnen passen, daar waar de trage delen haast een mystieke soundtrack vormen, die het geheel niet afbreken maar wel een mooie afwisseling vormen.

En deze soundtrack benadering wordt ten volle doorgedreven in “Birds”, de laatste song op deze soundtrack, waarbij minimalistische synthesizer en mooie piano akkoorden een schitterend geheel vormen.

Zonde dat het maar een EP is, want deze band had ik graag wat beter leren kennen, maar als debuut en teaser is “Other” meer dan 100% geslaagd. Uitkijken naar dat eerste full album!

(en in afwachting daarvan : support your scene! koop deze EP!

www.htchlng.com

Ward DE PRINS
23/06/2014




 

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