Wednesday 21 March 2018

Review: Aesthetic Perfection – 'Ebb And Flow'

'Ebb And Flow' 

Having fully settled into his industrial pop style, Daniel Graves, continues to perfect his direction across a series of singles that mix pop vocals, steady dance appeal and infectious electro. The latest of which 'Ebb And Flow' proves to be the strongest so far.

There is an air dark and sleazy malicious intent bubbling just below the surface with it's ebm bass line. But Graves pulls things back into pop territory with one of his strongest vocal performances to date with his melodic vocals providing a strong backbone that is embellished nicely with rougher punctuations. The track is incredibly focussed right from the off and you can't help but want to move your feet to it.

Miggiddo, the side project of Anaal Nathrakh's Mick Kenney, then takes the song and turns it into a radio-friendly summer hit. It's a complete curveball from Kenney but it feels as though he has taken the song to it's logical pop conclusion.

The final track is a melancholy cover of NSYNC's 'Bye Bye Bye' and enlists New Years Day guitarist Nikki Misery and manages to get some feeling and depth out of the disposable 90s hit. The end result is a dark and emotional lament that works really well.

Production-wise Graves continues to push for the kind of high-quality modern sound that pop ambitions necessitate and hits his mark with ease. Even the darker strains of the NSYNC cover are refined, near cinematic in fact.

Graves' continues to diversify and refine what Aesthetic Perfection is as a band. And the results continue to impress. As interesting as this run of singles has been though, hopefully a full-length release is just round the corner.

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