Wednesday 31 October 2012

Rainbow Shark - Rainbow Shark EP

EP review by KevW

Splitting their time between Manchester and Oxford, two cities that are currently powerhouses of the UK's alternative music scene, are duo Rainbow Shark. Consisting of Jack Levy (keys, electronic noodling) and Bill Wright (guitar), their music is like a magnet that attracts tiny elements from varying bands and genres and pulls them together to form a cohesive whole. It's this conglomeration that makes up their eponymous debut EP. At a guess, these songs seem to begin life as simple acoustic tracks which are then developed into more interesting compositions with the addition of beats and a plethora of other sounds.

Perhaps most conventional is the pensive 'Behind The Shards' which uses this formula to ordain a decent guitar tune with other layers that result in a more stately feel. The more atmospheric 'The Sundown Bears' is better still, employing a more substantial and dubby beat that brings the duo's sound more in line with Four Tet and other folktronica masters, with additional trip-hop leanings. The final track, 'Killer Sharks' feels bleaker, icy almost, and seems to deal with the pain of desolation. Rainbow Shark haven't quite reached the heights that seem within their grasp just yet, but this first outing shows they could be on the path to something special.

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