The Kill Van Kulls – New EP – ‘Songs for Sinners’

27 Apr

It is 16 minutes that you definitely should devote your time to, because it’s not often we’re stumped on what we make of a sound!

So we’re a little late for posting you this (sorry), but it’s worth the wait. It’s the new EP from The Kill Van Kulls and it has been around for a few weeks now. It is 16 minutes that you definitely should devote your time to, because it’s not often we’re stumped on what we make of a sound!

The EP, entitled ‘Songs for Sinners’ provides a hint of a possible 80s influenced bracket because of the synthy hooks in the backdrop of all four songs. But it is not something that is completely genre-specific.

‘Impossible Man’ is the unique selling point of this EP – and it’s the opening track. The progressive echoing of the vocals can twist emotions for a listener in an uplifting fashion and the band should be given full-credit for producing a very appetising song.

‘Shame and Pride’ is where the 80s feel emerges with the constant electronic riff discharging a mixed reaction at first listen. It’s catchy. It stays in your head. But it also after a while may also get on your nerves.

The third track ‘Flames’, reclaims essences of the magic from the first track. The riff is catchy, simple but all the same very slick and confident. It’s a very steady but wonderfully crafted track.  

The final song ‘Alive’ unfortunately sounds very common. Lead singer Gareth Bartlett’s lyrics are not tactless, but seem to be too serious and sensitive. Lyrics of “We are, we are alive” being repeated excessively throughout the chorus pose no great strength to the song. Instrumentally though, this song does save itself.

Overall, this EP is good. This band are good. Two songs (as mentioned above) from this EP are stunning. Brilliant, in fact. They overshadow the two not-so-good tracks which is positive because it could have been the other way around.

By Chris PJ Martin

 

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