London based trio New Ivory, originally from Italy, have a new EP out tiled Nothing. With their debut album album Amygdala Circus only released a couple of months ago little did I realise the EP was out yet. Neither the album nor the EP received a lot of coverage or promotion.
Nothing sounds different from the album which is not surprising as the album was recorded about two years ago but got pushed back for unknown reasons.
The opener Youth & Old Age initially reminded me of The Smashing Pumpkins in their heyday. There’s a lot of distorted guitars and Mickey’s vocals have shifted even more to the gloomy nasal sound of one Billy Corgan. This is quite a development from the brit pop of their debut.
The second track Feel was premiered ahead of the EP release back in May. It also features strongly distorted guitars and embraces a heavier and fuller sound than their debut. Feel is free to download until the end of this week.
New Ivory – A Knight
Gun In My Hand starts of slow but soon turns into a full grown rock anthem. Underneath the distortion it still sounds very much like a brit pop song.
The last track Drown is one I believe to have heard before during one of their live shows. It is the longest track on the EP with almost 5 minutes running times. When I first heard it live I thought they were launching into a cover version of Green Day’s When I Come Around. Listening to the studio version the similarity seems less obvious. However, if you listen closely you will notice the underlying beat sounds a lot alike.
So why call the EP Nothing? In light of the band’s statement above the choice of name seems quite cynical. Or maybe they just didn’t bother coming up with a proper name. Either way, it’s nice to get a new release from New Ivory so soon after their debut album dropped. If you listen to both releases in a row you will notice that their sound has improved a lot. I’d like to point out the vocals in particular. Going back to the debut now I have the feeling that Mickey had a bit of a lisp which is now gone completely.
Nothing is a grand homage to the sound of the early nineties that I grew up to without sounding dated. New Ivory are sure to attract music lovers young and old alike. It’s also a welcome relief from all the folk and electro pop that comes out these days. It’s great to see that the old guitar, bass, drum combo still clicks.
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