Tricky sorts to pin down, these Evenings, at least when all four tracks on this EP seem to offer something quite different. The charmingly named 'Fizzy Piss' sounds like a rollicking electro take on a horror movie soundtrack bringing to mind Transylvanian castles and frightening dark streets (Curtain Road, for instance). 'I Didn’t Remember' is the pop song, replete with a plaintive vocal loop building into an almost Futureheads-esque acapella which should have any rightminded types paying attention. It’s hook laden, spellbinding and the one you’ll be humming hours later.
There’s another change of direction for the second half which at least finds some constancy in style; 'Paste' is a dreamy instrumental reminiscent of early Air while the lethargically paced 'Chicken & King' is distinguished by an oriental-tinged guitar riff, making it the archetypal atmospheric closer. The overall feel is that rather than being all over the place this small collection of songs offers something of everything; you’ll go back for 'I Didn’t Remember' and find yourself being slowly wooed by its less immediately-friendly brethren. It bodes well for the band next year and also for Brainlove Records, who with their recent clutch of EPs seem to be turning into the talent spotters to watch.
8John Winters's Score