Synthetic pips and sporadic wailing haven’t sounded so good since Radiohead had a breakdown and returned with Kid A
Man Alive 4/5 Synthetic pips and sporadic wailing haven’t sounded so good since Radiohead had a breakdown and returned with Kid A. Except, where Radiohead stripped down their riffs and went minimalist, high-flying Manchester quartet Everything Everything have done the opposite and piled on as many soundscapes as possible.
Frontman Jonathan Everything confessed that he grew up in the solitude of village life, sans TV, and spent his time piecing together music that didn’t ‘sound like anyone else’. The result is an impressive debut that bleeds with the urgency of an individual trying to break out. It moves at an alarming rate, not stopping on any one groove for too long, which keeps things entertainingly mind-blowing.
Throughout ‘Qwerty Fingers’, for example, Jonathan yelps like a wounded dog over wonky rhythms that switch pitch and pace more frequently than a failed X Factor contestant, while neatly weaving together three-part harmonies. The equally 21st century-themed single ‘My KZ Ur BF’ is peppered with strangely shrewd lyrics (‘It’s like I’m watching the A4 paper taking over the guillotine’) and odd time signatures, while ‘Photoshop Handsome’ reeks of the jitterings and falsetto tones of Animal Collective circa ‘Sung Tongs’ and ‘Feels’.
It’s a refreshing detour from our constant battle with humdrum indie bands such as Scouting For Girls . Everything Everything have delivered a swift, awakening punch to the gut and, as the pain subsides, we’re left with a weirdly euphoric sense of satisfaction that we’ve made it out alive.