Exhailers – Abyssal Orbit

Birmingham favourites and ever improving trio Exhailers finally release their second, and long awaited, EP ‘Abyssal Orbit’. From the wonderfully unsettling beginning, ‘Abyssal Orbit’ to ‘Evergreen?’ the interstellar sonic odyssey wraps Liv Barlow’s seductively soft innocent vocal with trippy-grooves, spoken word samples, gut trembling distortion and imaginative melodic twists and turns.

Drummer Fred Ensor’s dynamic eclecticism and rhythmic cunning oscillates somewhere between Miles Davis’ whacked out jazz and the powerhouse free-for-all of Foo Fighter’s Taylor Hawkins.

Brandon Robinson’s guitar is the portal to another world: ‘Planetary Spin To the Stomach’ is a twisted jangly-pop tune mashed with convoluted grunge distortion that leads you from wild eyed innocence to a treacherous dark neighbourhood of the soul. The tracks depth is the mark of the band’s sheer scale of talent. Each and every track here takes the idea of what is a modern pop/rock song mashes it to a pulp and reforms the art into something bold and new – it’s taking it all one step further, pushing the boundary of what it means to write and create modern music.

Exhailers, you feel, are nowhere near the top of their form, and yet already there are few around who can come close to making music anywhere near as good as this. Even greater things await, but in the meantime invest yourselves in this EP – you will not regret it.

Exhailers have their EP launch at The Flapper tonight. You can get tickets here.


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