London gloomy ElectroPop duo Evokateur are about to release their new EP. Chime Hours is the follow up to the awesome Crow’s Wedding record. The new release joins the dots between Evokateur’s Gothy beginnings and their more Poppy recent output. Not only that, but there is a reMix by my friend and yours, the one and only, Mr. Fear Of Tigers.
Chime Hours kicks off with 1684, a swirling, lush tune that neatly sits in a place between robotic and ethereal. Hector laying down his usual beats, arpeggios and Industrial flourishes whist Sarah delivers an dramatic, gothic vocal. this opening track is actually pretty straight forward ElectroGoth, but Post, which follows, is a track with a lot more depth, both musically and vocally. There’s less pomp and more feeling in the vocal in Post, and the music is more surprising, more intelligent. The arrangement is actually quite Rocky, but the eclectic use of sounds and a quiet authenticity in Sara’s voice really lift this tune. White Horses, with all it’s EBM distortion and Glitchy, hides a powerful song underneath it’s Numanoid sheen. An infectious stom underpinning a really catchy tune. The cinematic lament of How Long plays out the EP, leaving room only for Fear Of Tigers’ reMix of White Horses. Is there anything Ben has touched that didn’t turn to gold? This time the Fear Of Tigers treat comes in the form of a Indie tinged Dreamwave tune that digs the song out of White Horses and lets it find it’s feet. Lifted by Fear Of Tigers rich layers of synth nostalgia the vocals are lifted to a whole new place. Ending the EP on a euphoric high. We kinda’ get the feeling that, right now, Evokateur is in danger of going from something quite special, to being another ElectroGoth band. And that’ll probably be the last we hear from them. It hasn’t quite happened yet, Chime Hours is a beautiful, immersive listening experience, and one we would recommend, but the warning signs are there. We have out fingers crossed that that doesn’t happen.
London based ElectroPop duo Evokateur are unleashing their latest creation early in march, the ‘Crows’ Wedding’ EP, which sees the duo drifting in a slightly Poppier direction.
When last they graced these pages, they were about to release the critically acclaimed ‘Wolf Girl’, and eclectic and dark slice of ElectroPop. The four tracks that make up ‘Crow’s Wedding’ have an altogether more optimistic and upbeat vibe to them. The EP kicks off with recent single ‘Same As You’, which is as good an example of classic SynthPop as you’ll ever find. Sarah’s passionate and, yes catchy, vocals ride so smoothly over Hector Villaraus’ production. Which this time around takes a much more accessible approach with big, lush synths and an sweet ‘80’s bassline. It’s an awesome lead for the EP. ‘Misery’ is up next, and OK, that’s a pretty dark title, but the track, although more of a brooding lament than the EPs opener, is still musically pretty Poppy. A rolling and enveloping expression of synth and vocal emotion. ‘Wildflowers’ is an ‘80’s electronic power-balled that’s up there with the best of them that showcases Sarah’s vocals to their smokey, dramatic fullest. The EP’s closing track is the only song on the EP that really hints at Evokateur’s EBM roots with it’s pulsating Industrial percussion. ‘Crows’ Wedding’ is definitely a confident EP, and Evokateur definitely have a lot to be confident about.
♫ Evokateur – Same As You
♫ Evokateur – Wildflowers
The ‘Crows’ Wedding’ EP is released 12th March/
The EP is being launched in at a party in London courtesy of our friends at Human Error (who hosted the launch party for ‘electronic rumors Volume 1’), where you can catch Evokateur live. Details here.
Evokateur are a London based ElectroPop duo who are gearing up for the release of their début single ‘Wolf Girl’.
Set for release in March the single sees this Mexican/English twosome walk the thin line between a strong 80’s European SynthPop influence and contemporary production techniques. Too rich sounding and Poppy to be ColdWave, yet too dark and brooding lumped in with any kind of Electro-House or Dreamwave styles of ElectroPop, this is what I imagine the true inheritance of the original SynthPop Futurists’ sounds like (ignoring the 90’s Modern SynthPop scene). Full, thick, electronic production that maintains a slightly cold edge, tempered by Sarah Villaraus’ smokey vocals, make the single instantly accessible, but with a hint of danger. Check it out, and the Idiotech reMix which ups the EBM quota but seems to strip the song of some of it’s charm.