The Black EP

William Control is back with the second release in his Revelations series. The Black EP, the follow up to 2016’s The Palesees the former Aiden frontman continue to deliver his distinct brand of sexy, gothic electro.

The opening track, ‘Analog Flesh In A Digital World’ is an instant floor filler with its sexy synths and catchy hooks. As the strongest track on the record it conjures images of a smoky, gothic nightclub, a party atmosphere full of sex and darkness. It’s as though She Wants Revenge and Orgy’s cover of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ met and produced this gothic-electro love child – it’s pretty beautiful.

A deeper bassline is the focus for moody second track, ‘All I Need’, but the drums and earworm of a chorus ensures that it retains that sexual-disco vibe. Control’s sultry tones compliment the 80s arrangement perfectly and this song wouldn’t be at all out of place on the soundtrack of Joel Schumacher’s seminal vampire movie, ‘The Lost Boys’.

‘Knife Play’ is a great classic synth hit and although the tempo is significantly slower than the previous two songs it still has a sensual danciness to it. If you’re a goth/alternative music fan but not too sure about electro, or if you’re an electro-freak but never really ventured past the happy, shiny stuff into the darkness then The Black EP is the perfect crossover collection.

Closing the record is the piano ballad ‘Velvet Rose’, a sombre but moving track that really shows off Control’s exquisite vocals. Though this is the final song of the EP it doesn’t quite feel right to end on, so it’s a good job we have two more Revelations installments to look forward to. In typical William Control style he is enjoying teasing his fans with sexy little snippets of luscious music, keeping them waiting and begging for more. William Control’s voice was made for this genre and hopefully he will continue in this vein.

The Black EP is out on Friday, February 17th.

If you absolutely cannot wait for the next EP’s release for your William Control fix you can catch him touring the UK in April with Aesthetic Perfection.

12/04 – Bristol (UK), The Fleece
13/04 – Glasgow (UK), Ivory Blacks
14/04 – Manchester (UK), Ruby Lounge
15/04 – London (UK), O2 Islington Academy

By Rai Jayne Hearse

A hermit from Up North, Rai spends her time scribbling words, buried under a pile of magazines and cassette tapes. Whenever she does finally emerge from her tiny office she tries to achieve world domination as the bassist of kick-ass punk band Pink Hearse.