Bold, vibrant and utterly infectious, this four-track collection is a sparkling statement of intent from a band who are more than ready to make their mark on 2017. Another exciting product of Glasgow’s infinitely fertile music scene, the four-piece have already caused a significant stir in their short time together thanks to their formidable live performances around the country; quickly becoming associated with the kind of arena-ready choruses, singalong refrains and addictive riffs that have seen them compared to huge pop-rock acts such as The Killers.
‘Ruined Glitter’ marks the beginning of a new chapter though. Instead of succumbing to imitation or mere pastiche, a temptation that would have been all too easy given the genre’s well-trodden history, they have spent time developing their craft and working towards a more distinctive sound; and it has paid off. The vibrant eighties synth-pop influences are still there but they are filtered through a darker gothic vision; emphasised so wonderfully by Darren Martin’s deeply stirring drawl.
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From the very outset, we are met with a bigger, bolder sound; ‘We Hate The Same Things’ drives forward with grungy riffs and a commanding vocal delivery. Not only are guitars more prominent than we’re used to, but the polished production gives the track a notable sheen; shimmering synths coming in over a classic singalong chorus before a swirling finale.
‘Off With His Head’ is more synth heavy than the previous offering; immediately grabbing your attention with its poppy hooks and electronic buzz. Meanwhile, the dance floor filler comes in the shape of ‘Kids (Jungle Out There)’; a burst of colourful synths sending it into another kaleidoscopic world. And despite the frontman’s repeated warnings to ‘beware’, it is anything but cautionary; instead evoking a vibrant sense of youthful exuberance and eighties throwback fun.
The concluding track ‘Ride’ provides a welcome change of pace. A more emotive affair than the previous three songs, it is a brooding slow-burner that allows Martin’s heartfelt lyrics to take centre stage over a backdrop of glowing synths, moody guitar lines and methodical rhythms.
‘Ruined Glitter’ marks a step in the right direction for Other Humans. By seamlessly bringing together influences from the old and the new, they have made noticeable strides towards creating a sound that is their very own. Set to follow in the footsteps of fellow Glasgow synth-pop favourites CHVRCHES and Prides, this EP will appeal to lovers of massive pop-rock anthems and arena-filling soundscapes.