The Unkindness of Ravens – Red Sun EP Review
The Unkindness Of Ravens
Red Sun EP
Photography by _ Jo Dilworth and David Ghione
I have liked the music of The Unkindness Of Ravens for a while. They have their own unique style which combines elements of electronica, industrial and a smidgen of metal which produces a great sound. Combined with the music are the lead vocals of Nina backed up by Ben’s masculine but complimentary vocals.
Red Sun is a compilation of B-Sides, single tracks and a few oddments of the last three years of their musical life. So what can we find on Red Sun? Well read on and you shall find many a delight awaits you.
You find there are tracks like the opening track Circle which truly encompasses that full on electronic sound with subtle undertones of metal thanks to Ben’s guitar work. Circle is a one of the tracks where Nina’s vocals shine through to their fullest, they are sultry moody and very much alluring. Another track where I found Nina’s voice catches you is Till I Get Home, again Nina’s voice is provocative and sensuous in every way. This is backed up not only by the superb 80’s feel electronic beats but also Ben adds his own twist and extra provoking backing vocals which adds even more sensuality to what is a very sexy song.
Lift gives you an amazing burst of electro industrial carnage providing you with just one edge of The Unkindness Of Ravens expanding sound. From one extreme to another in the form of Dead Air. Dead Air is a very dark and sinister track, again this is a track that shows the vocal talents of Nina and Ben. Their vocal styles are excellent providing the atmosphere being gloomy and murky, but there is not let up in the quality here. The Unkindness Of Ravens manage to bend emotions through their delightful sound.
I Used To Be So Pretty enforces The Unkindness Of Ravens sound with lovely chugging guitar riffs. Red Sun is the title track from the EP, to me Red Sun is very delicate in sound but it’s another that has a very shadowy and shady feel. Red Sun is a song that to me just blows me away and really shows you in sound the true versatility of The Unkindness Of Ravens.
The EP ends with Accelerator, which is indeed a great ending to the EP. It has an amazing electro rock sound with all elements of the music fitting together perfectly. A song that truly shows the harmony between Ben and Nina.
I would recommend Red Sun to anyone who likes electro or industrial, it’s one of those that you will find you are listening to constantly. Red Sun contains some rare gems that you wouldn’t normally think to play, but play them you will.
Red Sun is available through Bandcamp at a name your price download which is amazing. Also through iTunes, Emusic, Amazon and Spotify.
Review by Phlis Deamenor