This Ex Libras article was written by Jorden Pinchen, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
Formed in 2008, this alternative indie trio from London have returned with their third EP. With an interesting approach to recording in their shed, they have been evolving and have come back with a much more interesting and dynamic set of tracks. After their last release in 2011 with ‘Suite(s)’ the long wait has been well worth it, delivering an explosive collection of tension building and shattering tracks.
Although Ex Libras have really come on a long way from ‘Suits,’ the tracks still follow a similar pattern. ‘Woe’ has a lot more reliance on the vocals. It has been refined; it’s sharper; it’s stronger and it’s much more sensual. However all the fundamental elements that make Ex Libras who they are, are still there: the heavily distorted guitar, the build in tension, and the subtle use of keys to bring the track back down.
The first track of this EP titled ‘Woe’ opens with a heavily distorted guitar riff followed by a passionate and slightly aggressive vocal, however this intensity flickers between much softer tones on the chorus. The chorus is a lot more euphoric and is a lovely break from the heaviness of the verse. Amit’s vocals have intricate moments which create a great build of atmospheric tension and are complimented with the use of keys, drums and guitar. The track ends abruptly with a heavy instrumental.
Although there is a heavy presence of Radiohead with the brooding and haunting vocals on ‘Leap of Faith’ and ‘Drive,’ compared to the previous EP the level of influence has somewhat diminished. They have discovered their own sound now, and there is a real depth to these tracks, with beautiful soft moments of raw emotion with great guitar riffs that bring back the quintessential rock and roll elements.
‘Woe’ is a melancholic, intensely energetic EP that doesn’t disappoint in any way.
‘Woe’ is out on the 16th October via Wirebird Records.