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BRICK + MORTAR - Heatstroke EP - EP OPINION
Most music fans are currently planning their annual summer playlists, the one that will carry them through BBQs-a-many and festivals galore, and American duo Brick + Mortar’s ‘Heatstroke EP’ will be a welcome addition to all of them.
Hailing from New Jersey, the pair have delivered a delightful trio of tracks ranging from a cheeky indie track, to a shadowy synth song and back again.
EP opener and title track ‘Heatstroke’ showcases the boys’ indie flavour, showcasing Brandon Asraf’s incomparable howling vocals along with a cutesy, danceable guitar line. The lyrics themselves are others indecipherable in terms of making sense (“heatstroke, yellow, maybe strawberry blue”) but still remain somewhat addictive. Imagine a festival tent with this track - this is the one that gets everyone vocally involved.
Track 2, ‘Move to the Ocean’ slows the EP down in momentum, bearing a resemblance to nu-rave trio Klaxons’ ‘Magick’ at the start. The similarly unique vocals from before stitch together repetitive sampling, forming an otherwise simple yet brilliant song. It is very much the interval of the EP slotting neatly between two lighthearted, summer-rock ditties.
‘For Yellow Walls’ takes the title of EP closer, and it does so with stunning ability. The samples chosen for the track hint at stereotypical funfair organ music, with a galloping drum track (courtesy of the duo’s other half, John Tacon) forming the foundations. Asraf’s vocals connect subtle breaks in the track giving it, again, a catchy edge like it’s predecessors.
On the whole, this is one of the best EPs on the underground circuit at the minute. In terms of fulfilling the criteria of ‘summer listening’ this is certainly one of the most satisfying. Granted they’re very much a small scale band at the minute, but with their mix of genres, sample and a fantastic vocalist, the pair are set to get somewhere, even if it only means properly breaking in the UK. Keep your eyes wide open for them - they’ll be hitting our stages soon.
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