Liverpool three-piece Ninetails are set to release the colourful and cathartic ‘Quiet Confidence’ this March. A decisive shift from the sound of 2012’s critic-favourite ‘Slept And Did Not Sleep’, the EP is Ninetails’ first release since the outgoing of former singer and guitarist Ed Black.
Ninetails came to prominence last year following plays on Radio 1, praise from online and national media, including The Quietus, Drowned In Sound and being championed in The Independent’s Sounds of 2013. With critical acclaim now firmly established, ‘Quiet Confidence’ builds on this momentum, as the band experiments with a wealth of ideas and sounds to create something drenched in beauty and full of expansive, iridescent depth.
The band’s sonic palette has expanded drastically since their last release, with Quiet Confidence adorning various field-recordings, idiosyncratic samples and concrète textures, vibraphones, trumpets, acoustic guitars, and sample-based percussion crafted from found sound, all creating a deeply musical, constantly shifting sonic atmosphere. The EP reflects on themes of devotion and self-sacrifice, and aims to draw parallels between romantic and spiritual devotion.
Balaber and Co. made the purposive move to place dry, bare vocals against densely layered instrumentation to illustrate this relationship with the sublime, and its structure “aims to evoke the feeling of having multiple epiphanies, each of which you quickly forget and try desperately to remember again.”