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Batsch's New EP 'Collar'
It’s a sparkling landscape of Disco tinged pop!
th of July. It’s a sparkling landscape of Disco tinged pop that drags the four-piece away from the drab Midlands in which they reside to a far more colourful affair full of the tropical sounds of summer. Lead track “Celina” is the perfect start to this 5 track. The bass line slaps and pops with a lean groove that even Metronomy’s Joe Mount would be proud to call it his own. With sparkling guitar over-laced and Mason Le Long’s contrasting melancholic vocals the whole thing is a dark disco classic as it tells the twisted tale of the girl in question. Other tracks such as “Did you hear About Argine?” try to re-create the formulae masterfully created on “Celina”. The guitar again slides and twinkles over a bass line that pumps the track forward, but it seems to lack the passion that was found on “Celina”. It’s not to say “Collar” is redundant of charm, far from it. “Mirrorball” has a synth line that sounds like an 8-bit video game classic, and grooves along with a beat so apt for the Disco glorified object with which it is named after. “Collars” is the sound of a band on the verge of finding the sound to break through to a wider audience. It’s on the precipice right now, just imagine the beauty when they finally dive in. 6/10