Essex-based trio Statues return to Eclectics with another four-track EP. There's no change to the MO - two exceptional OGs rock up to the party, each with a +1 in the form of a killer remix.
Rotunda is all swagger and shoulders. A mid-paced beast that swaps sharp edges for a slow roll, that rocks. but gently. The synthetic bass dives deep, providing balance and ballast while the upper register takes advantage of this free reign. Zither glissandos ebb and flow while guitar lines drift in and out, marshalled into time by a neck-snapping shuffle with a sense of slow, unhurried purpose.
Showing a similar, singular focus, is Gold Suite, AKA Bali's Joey Fitzgerald. Opening the original up wide enough to drop in a piano, acoustic guitar and lead line licks, he builds a remix that is in equal parts balearic groover and 3am mover. The result is a certified banger that will see arms raised quicker than any armed bank heist.
Lessons, by contrast, sees Statues in repose. A simple cymbal pattern leads the way as organ, strings and bass join in, laying the ground for the mournful vocal refrain 'The past is a lesson'. What follows is a blissful slice of horizontal balearica pitched perfectly for these times. With the world opening its arms to us once again, this is the soundtrack for us all to sway into its embrace.
Coyote take the remix reins, their deep dub adding lift to the kick and bounce to the bass. They pare back and stretch out, filling the space with found fragments and soft sonic furnishings. The result is a very different destination, but one that still wraps itself around you like a welcome hug from an old friend. Expansive synths and tightly echoed effects ride the wave of a way-out sound without losing sight of the original.
It's a lesson to us all.
For more info on Statues, visit: www.facebook.com/Astatuesproject/ For more info on Gold Suite visit: https://goldsuite.bandcamp.com/releases For more info on Coyote visit: https://coyoteiib.bandcamp.com/ For more info on Eclectics visit: eclectics.bandcamp.com/music