Yobkiss – The Light (CD EP – Grond Records)
Genre/Influences: Indie-pop, electro-pop, psychedelic
Content: Paul Borchers (YobKiss) and Yuko Hazama (Fuzzy) is the duo behind this London-Tokyo based project. The band has already been busy for a couple of years, but I honestly had never heard of Yobkiss before.
An EP is not always the best way to discover a band although what I’ve heard really incited me to discover more work from the band. It’s not that evident to define their work, but “The Light” definitely features pop and indie-like influences. The opening song, “The Light” is a great title-track, which sometimes reminds me a bit of the delicacy and sensuality of Ladytron. There also is a little psychedelic touch hanging over the song while the sweet and fragile-like female vocals made it all pretty sensitive.
What I like is that both songs left are not remixes of “The Light”, but 2 more new songs give you an idea about the band’s real potential. “Dancing Ghost” sounds a bit darker and even bombastic while “Black Void” is more into reverie. But I also like the kind of vintage approach of this song. There also is a great progression finally resulting in 8 minutes of pure lust. The vocals have been produced in a different way, getting treated by an alien-like effect.
Conclusion: This band is a nice discovery and I really hope to hear more work soon by Yobkiss.
Best songs: “The Light”, “Black Void”.
Label: www.grond.org / www.facebook.com/grondrecords
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