Escapists - Burial
Escapists have thrown TMF in at the deep end with the intensity of their four track EP, Burial. Inspired songwriting coated with lavish guitar melodies set a melodramatic scene for the empowering, smooth vocals which differentiate this band from the rest of the indie genre. The emotionally intense lyricism only serves to further the dramatic impact of the vocals across this release.
Opening track ‘Ghost in your Bedroom’ is an eerie lament of lost love over a haunting finger picked riff, the husky vocals creating an atmosphere of hope in the face of heartbreak. Single ‘Burial’ ups the theatrics with a rolling drum beat and appropriately festival sized chorus, yet somehow still manages to sound delicate and fragile. Lyrically Burial can seem morbid at times, but romanticising the bleak is a technique which fits the Escapists mission statement.
Tight production across the length of the EP has given Escapists the ability to create some truly spine tingling moments. Some elements are in the vein of Brand New, but with their unique twist they have created their own recipe of bittersweet indie anthems. The percussion on ‘Witching Hour’ gives the track a strong backbone to support the elusive guitar, creating a luxurious sound which, if they nail it live, will cause goose bumps aplenty.
They have set the scene, but there is plenty of room for development within the sound showcased here. Given the room to breathe on a full length album, Escapists would be able to rise to the epic new heights they are capable, of which Burial is only a taster.