Liverpool-based five-piece ETCHES just dropped a double A-side, featuring two brand new tracks; Human Façade and My New Empire.
Despite their blissful alt-indie feel, both songs deal with heavy issues. Human Façade addresses confessions from those involved with online adult entertainment, tackling the affects that such culture can afflict on our psyche and real-life relationships.
Beginning with a stripped-back beat and strummed bassline, Human Façade starts out as a minimalist composition and builds throughout. The track combines influences of prog rock, electro and psychedelia on its way to striking an ambitious crescendo.
In contrast, My New Empire takes inspiration from 60s Motown and soul. Rich layers of harmony blend with melodic guitar lines and a minimalist rhythm section.
This track also handles hard-hitting issues through lyrics which question the meaning of power, money and influence; confronting whether people with such benefits can create their own truth, and how this impacts upon the wider population.
This is an impressive release from a band who have a habit of creating unique, addictive tracks, fusing familiar genres to create fresh melodies and distinctive cuts.