Death Rattle - HE&l [EP]
Despite a cover that looks like yet another ill advised foray outside the world of music for Iggy Pop. It is instead the wrapping of Death Rattle's opening gambit HE&I EP. Together since November 2011, elusive members known merely as Death and Rattle have been carving their self labelled branch of 'doom pop' into the minds of the masses with a prolific touring schedule.
Recent single 'The Dig'; a former 'Hot One' chosen by none other than XFM's John Kennedy, and is a spark in industrial tinged mechanised effort with its drum backbeat sounding more like a call to arms for a cyber gothic army bred in the deepest darkest depths of Camden Town. The drone like vocal lends itself to the bands shadowy appearance, making the song seem as of much as an emotionally draining exercise as one would probably find digging an actual hole would be.
Death Rattle make Zola Jesus and Fever Ray look like happy little kids when they're hyped up on sugar in 'Do As You Please', using yet more electronic laden base for which to construct and weave their sonic experimentation around. Many comparisons will be drawn between Death Rattle and Sleigh Bells for good reason, yet the less aggression in Death Rattle does nothing to detract from the enjoyment of what it is at the core, Crystal Castles on a budget.
Despite only releasing an album in the past year, it would seem that Samantha Urbani and the rest of Friends have already got themselves a tribute band capable of singing their own songs as shown in the form of 'Fixer'. Pulsating snares and Love Will Tear Us Apart era Joy Division synths come together to add some killer filler at the halfway point. A song named after a rodent may not strike intrigue in many, but 'Mouse Chorus' is not to be judged by the somewhat ridiculous title. It's clear Death Rattle know how to manipulate simple percussive beats into something more sinister which, when coupled with piercing synth melodies on 'Sorry For Your Loss', make way for a hollowing and emotionally void; but in a good Alice Glass 'I don't need you for anything' kind of way.
At no point does the output of Death Rattle on HE&I feel forced nor does it ever become a little bit too much as aggressive electro can sometimes plunge into. Instead of stirring aggression, it provides a thought process that many will be able to relate to in this world of constant monotony and often stifled creativity.