Violet Silhouettes is the latest release from Manchester UK’s Spiders Eat Vinyl. This EP is a collaboration between the duo of Jonny Freeman (guitar/beats/sequencer), Jack Moxley (keyboard/synths/beats) and vocalist Frances Hall. These partners did well in hooking up as Hall’s vocals carry the same dreamlike quality and effervescence that Freeman and Hall instil in their music and production.
At their poppiest, Spiders Eat Vinyl give off some strong Depeche Mode vibes, “Violet Silhouettes” being the best example of that. Flourishes of 80s inspired synthesizer and programmed beats that lock-in and allow for most of the exploring to occur through Hall’s vocals. The lyrics themselves are exploratory and seem to be about pure love for travel, “You took a trip around the bay, but couldn’t slip the northern grey, so waited for another day, and wound up in Montpellier.” Take me with you please? I most definitely need to get out of the house more. My cat’s starting to look for other apartments. That’s just a joke, I don’t own a cat. “Striplight Furies” still carries some hard 80s vibes and allows the keyboards to come right up into the forefront, reminding me a great deal of Alphaville, or Spandau Ballet in the sense that the synthesizers don’t push the pace but rather hang back like a slow dance.
The third track “Acid Tide” is the most dreamy track on the EP and the most solidly constructed piece overall. Let’s give it up for that sick hi-hat pattern, produced beat or not and some stellar lyrics, “You can’t pin down a summers day, you can’t freeze music still, a second’s too ephemeral, a moment won’t do you.” Without a doubt, this EP has the best lyrics I’ve encountered in my three years reviewing for Bucketlist! The last track “Light on Ladybower” has no lyrics, just a brief little instrumental epilogue that keeps the dreamlike, tranquil motif going.
If there’s any negative take away from this EP it’s only that the production value isn’t ultra-professional. What I mean is not that it’s poorly produced, only that for this genre of music, that is electronic, it is imperative that the production is aces. I think that’s why electronic music is one of the hardest to pull off. To put it simply, I think you need a fuck ton of money to throw into a recording budget. However, put that aside and Violet Silhouettes is an incredible EP. So I guess what I’m saying is, somebody give Spiders Eat Vinyl a big bag of money so they can make bangers!
Written by Lee Ferguson
*edited by Mike Milito