Review Summary: With a swirling combination of keyboards, electronic drum beats and hauntingly beautiful vocal ‘The Dreamers EP’ is an emphatic debut by the Young Heretics.
A few things come to mind when first listening to the Young Heretics, pretentious and self-aggrandizing are a few, but after a full listen to this EP, rewarding and fulfilling are much more appropriate. What these two offer up is more then satisfying for only being 4 tracks and 14 minutes long.
If any of you have heard Matt’s singing before you would know that he is more than capable with his vocal delivery. So when the first track ‘Bones of a Rabbit’ starts and you are greeted by Kitty Hart’s bizarre vocals you are left feeling with much more to be desired. But as the song progresses into a brooding melancholy piano infused duet with scratchy electronic triggers. Hart’s real vocal ability is shown, and she doesn’t disappoint. Soaring above Wright, her delivery warrants her lead vocal status.
Second track ‘The Lost Loves’ like the first track has the same make-up. Scratchy electronic triggers, melancholy pianos and Hart’s dreamy vocals. Throw in Wright’s harmonies and buzzing guitar lines and you have just enough variety to ensure redundancy is not a problem. In fact, ‘The Lost Loves’ is the most appealing song on this EP.
‘Winter Makes a Sleeper’ sees the Young Heretics, take a different approach to their formula. Primarily an acoustic number with Hart and Wright still providing us with duets, it’s their vocals that see this track take a different turn. Hart’s often dreamy vocal lines are replaced with an almost folk like accent, and Wright’s, uneasiness along with the stripped back production (it’s a demo) gives it a sense of vulnerability, but this works in its favour, making it such an endearing song to finish the album.
This maybe ridiculously pretentious, but once you get past that, you will find a beautifully crafted debut EP, with a swirling combination of keyboards, electronic drum beats and hauntingly beautiful vocals.