Thursday 25 July 2013

The Nyco Project - The New Machine EP

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In the ever changing world of ours, and the increasing reliance on the internet and technology to keeps us amused (or bemused), we see constantly evolving platforms in which we are delivered our fixes. The Nyco Project are embracing this and giving us their debut EP in the form of a quietly revolutionary app. But then it would it would be wasted pixels if the music wasn't so good. Opener 'Fade Away' is a vibrant, heady, song. A moonshine mix of seductively rich, esoteric, primal, blues. There are glimpses of earthy psych wrapped in bayou swamp groove. 'Fade Away' a is potent mix of Polly Jean Harvey, with touches of the much missed of Boss Hog and Royal Trux.

'The New Machine' could have fallen from one of the infamous Desert Sessions. Sun-bleached, windswept, it has touches of The Bad Seeds and late era Doors. This is a beguiling, captivating song. Singer Zahara falls into the linage of sensual, alt-torch singers of Nancy Sinatra, through to Beth Gibbons and Martina Topley-Bird. And so to final track 'You're So Weak'. Starker, with a less immediate feel, then it is laced with a near perverse pop lightness which is an unexpected delight. The almost erotic groove of the first two songs is initially missed. Then on repeated plays, it reveals some delicious guitars, which embeds the song with dynamic swathes of colour, and allows it to grow with plays. The Nyco Project has delivered an intriguing, powerful, seductive collection of songs. Combined with the multi-media platform, they show a tantalising and wonderful glimpse of the possible shape of things to come.

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