EP REVIEW | HYLA – Fever Calls Late

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ARTIST: HYLA

RELEASE: Fever Calls Late

RELEASE DATE: 26/06/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Hailing from Perth ‘HYLA’ are part of Australia’s burgeoning gaze scene. Dubbed ‘Roogaze’ these bands like ‘Flyying Colours, Hideous Towns & Bloodhounds on my Trail‘ take inspiration from the 90s but re-interpret it through their Ray-Bans. ‘Fever Calls Late’ released last month is their 2nd EP and it is a whirlpool of the traditional shoegaze influences of JAMC and MBV with passing nods to The Cure and Spiritualised. But this is no nostalgia trip, its energy and execution make it feel fresh – gaze for a new generation.

 

Title track ‘Fever Calls Late’ starts off with the baggiest of beats and the biggest of choruses and whooshes of phaser. ‘Weightless Cloud’ swoops and soars in stomach-flipping glory & oh, that wonderful boy/ girl vocal. Definitely one of my tracks of the year so far. The bleakness of ‘The Thousands’ rings for miles with its Cure-esque guitar line. Dare I suggest it feels a bit like the Australian cousin of a ‘Wozniak’ track? Full bias declared obviously! Delay-rich ‘Wiser Way’ forays into fuzzy, crashing psyche. And we stay there until the end of the EP.  The closing track ‘Come Find Us’ is a full-on freight train of grit and delay and wah, bound for oblivion.

An album’s coming later this year. Hotly Anticipated.

LINKS:

facebook.com/hylaband

hyla.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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In her time Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.

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