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Churlington - EP Review: Untitled

13 Jul 2018 // A review by hailtree

Churlington are a band that were formed out of a desire to create a band with as minimal effort as possible. They pride themselves on this and used it proudly in their video to advertise their latest EP - which funnily enough, doesn’t even have a name. How’s that for no effort?

Honestly this is the smartest move, as it sets you up to believe the EP is a quick passover, but a short listen will definitely prove this wrong. After my first listen, the only words I have scrawled across my notebook is ‘Melancholic Chaos? Chaotic Reflection’. Which is kind of a perfect sum up of the EP. However, to their credit, their song titles are equally as fitting. Life Is Full Of Misery, Loneliness, and Suffering... and It’s All Over Much Too Soon. - is definitely my favourite, a perfect contradiction on itself, but also the truth in its rawest form.

Full of clever lyrics cut with so much word play, it would honestly be easy (and probably a whole lot better written) to just copy and paste those all here. So, I encourage you to load up the lyrics alongside your first listen!

The first song, Waiting, Are They? Waiting, Are They? Well, Let 'Em Wait!, starts hard and fast, not wasting time (there is only 3 tracks in the EP). The lyrics explore so many forms of substance consumption, and just when you think you can’t be screamed at any longer? They hit us with a nice little break, showcasing the musical talent of the rest of the band (shout out to Sam’s other project Starving Millions!) - this allows for a small reflection on everything we’ve just heard, before returning with more lyrics for us to consume. 

The rest of the EP continues on in a beautiful fashion, blending together chant-like singing and a whole lot of screaming. Killing two birds with one stone, I mean we all want to be heard when we’ve got something to say? And it helps to disguise some pretty gnarly lyrics without being them being too much of a punch in the face. Although the second song left me with a line that’s still echoing around my mind - “We’re still falling, we’re still forming.” Reminding me that we are all human, and forever a work in progress.

Finishing up the EP is a super long (but also my favourite) song, Sometimes I Lie Awake At Night, And I Ask, "Where Have I Gone Wrong?" Then A Voice Says To Me, "This Is Going To Take More Than One Night". I’m tempted to write nothing and encourage you all to go have a listen to it and interpret it yourself. To me it felt like a collage of a whole load of different techniques. It starts with guitars so fast it almost sounds like the lyrics are struggling to keep up, however this quickly is interrupted with the most beautiful instrumental. It felt reminiscent of how a sunrise felt, and then the lyrics ‘Dear you early morning...’ formed, and well. Job well played I guess.

On my first listen I was a bit taken aback by the abrupt ending to the EP. Though on closer listen I realized how beautifully the chants and melancholic singing were blended together, before ending like an explosion - which is just how the EP started. 

Honestly I can’t really fault the EP, especially as it comes from a band who claim they put in minimal effort. This is just yet another great addition to the fantastic back catalogue of EP’s that Churlington have already produced.


Review written by Amanda Hailwood

 

About Churlington

We are Churlington.

https://horsefightrecords.bandcamp.com/


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Releases

Untitled
Year: 2018
Type: EP
The Andy Anderson EP
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Churlington Suck Live
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Ray Brower
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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