Shelter Point - Forever For Now [EP]
Coventry could perhaps be seen as a little lacking in producing a variety of music, largely constrained by often vapid indie-rock, but Liam and Robin, aka duo Shelter Point, seem to have set the wheels in motion to change that. Having signed to Hotflush Recordings in early September, the forthcoming Forever For Now EP is their first hedonistic trip on the label.
Straight in there, 'Sleep Easy' brings its hazy opening vibes and snapping fire to life, progressing into some classy beats and celestial vocals. At 20-years-old, they seem to be right on top of their electronic game here, blending in some subtle tempo changes to shake things about. You get a unique atmosphere and warmth off the record, coupled with that unsavoury and slightly stomach-knotting feeling that you don't really know what's going to come next.
The troublesome state of mind is perhaps not 'obliterated' or entirely removed by 'Hold On Me', but it does calm the nerves a little. More synthesis and programming leads to electronic pleasantries, but it really gets exciting when they descend from playful chimes to a deep, throbbing wob-wob melody half way through. This is music for unsociable hours; that 5am sullen walk back home; post-Saturday night; post-kebab van visit. On the plus side, Shelter Point take you to another level, where hangovers won't exist and slow movements to their music is wholly acceptable.
Title track 'Forever For Now' is low-fi again, and compounds the sense that they are almost a post-dubstep duo. The vocals are endearing, the rhythms soft and gentile, but you just know they could shake-things up instantly if they wanted. Sometimes they nod to R&B and other genres, but howling atmospheric sounds and squelches produce xx-inspired sounds that are unbeatable.
A healthy dose of shimmering and dark vocals brings about closer 'Braille', eerie whistling adding that touch of mysteriousness to these guys before the waving sounds evolve into what sounds like breaking glass. It'd be hard to imagine the making of this EP wasn't the result of many of those glass bottles being broken but it's so well-crafted all-round that these guys must have absolute tolerance to the booze if that were the case. The vocals really play second-fiddle to the music throughout, but the extra dimension they add is extravagant and under-rated. They squeeze the word "paradise" into 'Braille' a number of times, and it's not hard to get taken in by Shelter Point and actually believe you're there.
It's not a flawless EP, but there is certainly a lot of exquisite stuff floating around in their heads. They don't let it all spill out into the electronic music equivalent of a dog turd - like some upcoming talents - instead arranging their sounds decadently and intricately. Smooth beats and deeply moving ambient noise see you gently aligning your body to their wise-beyond-their-years rhythms. After hitting play at the beginning, you easily forget this is just 20-year-olds from Coventry.