ticktock – TCOLT review

March 16th sees the release of TCOLT, the cryptically titled new EP from part-Danish part-English Sebastian Zieler. The artist, who takes his moniker from his “life-long fascination and frustration with time”, recently released the first track off the release (which you can check out below), a fair sample of the fantastic and captivating sound he continues to boast throughout the rest of the offering. Electro pop of a whole new kind, no two tracks are bound to sound the same, with a lightness in the music that makes it so brilliantly accessible.

A- A- A-, the EP’s first offering, is heavily atmospheric in the lazy, hazy sound, sluggish in its pace and lethargic in its tone. Zieler’s airy vocals showcase his storytelling capabilities over a dreamy backdrop,  tracing themselves through the instrumental like fingers making patterns in condensation, whilst an enthralling bassline bounces through the music to give it an elastic backbone.

Bouncing synths make a home for themselves in the commencement of Time For A New School Of Alchemy, Zieler’s vocals going to cut on through them, the separate entities blended together by the backing vocals. Experimental moments complete the merge, moments that go old to define the close of the track by dancing across the music and winding the vocals into the instrumental.

Hollow percussion and vocals make a distinct opening to I W R D T S Y O, leaving it almost a minute before the synths that have previously been so distinct show their face in the track. Memorable line, “you’re here on my tongue / And I would rather die that spit you out”, stays in the mind long after the track closes – for a piece scarcely stretching to as long as three minutes, it’s a long journey of electro pops and eery percussion.

Final Would You Look At God Go!, which cites one of its influences as Destiny Child’s Survivor (it’s not as bizarre as it sounds), is sufficiently the most epic off the release. Dramatic backing makes the piece worthy of a comparison to a cinematic sound, whilst, once again, the vocal work plays around over the music as a cat toys with a mouse, the sound winding down before a final pulse closes the EP.

The sort of release that’ll leave you nothing short of mesmerised for days, TCOLT is worth far more than the fifteen minutes it demands of your time. Hand crafted and meticulously created, let this release flood your sense and you’ll be in for a fantastic time.

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