With Record Store Day just around the corner (April 20th), London based Burns has collaborated with Dems and Until the Ribbon Breaks to provide music fans with a limited edition double A-side vinyl featuring two new tracks. ‘Poison’ features fellow Londoners Dems, with Cardiff’s Until the Ribbon Breaks’ influence applied to ‘No One Else’.
Poison‘s intro doesn’t do the song any favours, which isn’t good considering those first few seconds are when people decide if they’ll happily carry on listening or just stick with it because they’ve started. The drum beat in the first few seconds are what you’d expect from someone trying to get to grips with Cubase- not a disastrous mess, just incredibly simple. After that, it jumps into the attempt at an atmospheric tone that it sticks with throughout….until about 2 and a half minutes in when it teases a complete change, building up the tempo. Instead of going down the path it hints at, it maintains this new tempo for a while and just…ends.
Vocals are solid enough, not too altered by synthesizers or autotune, but sometimes lyrics can be lost in the echo of the previous line. The lyrics themselves are nothing groundbreaking, generic sentences strung together so almost any listener could relate at least a little (‘Drowning in you bluest eyes/Darling we should keep our heads down).
‘No One Else’ is a better track but a lot more repetitive lyrically. After about the 10th time of hearing ‘You only thought about yourself’ you will begin to be annoyed by the self centred subject of the lyrics aswell. It feels like there’s more going on in this offering, something more likely to make an appearance in the charts (as it does sound a lot like recent dubstep-y hits that have dominated) rather than adding to the ambience of an art gallery.
The music itself is more consistent, there’s also not a sudden, unexpected change that ends up going nowhere. When the track starts you know roughly what to expect from the next few minutes and that’s what you get. Also, and perhaps more importantly for music of this genre, there’s more of a desire to move to it, rather than just sit around idly listening.