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Dangerfields: Ashes

A starkly atmospheric successor.

21 Apr 2017 / Opinion, Review / written by Marike Watson

Dangerfields’ follow-up to their debut EP “Embers” sees the post-punk outfit venture forward within the glacier of sound so fittingly theirs since the four-piece’s inception and first release in June last year. EP’s have become somewhat of a popular trend amongst local outfits in recent months, and “Ashes” bears no difference to this inclination.

Within the space of five new tracks, Dangerfields offers their followers yet another excursion nestled deeply inside an entrancing succession of dreamlike swells. ‘Melting Candle,’ as opener, delivers a combination of chaos and calm in between verse and chorus as disparate guitar tones speak back to one another throughout each interlude. Lucas Swart’s now-familiar baritone enters the dynamic and together the intensity Dangerfields willingly aspires to reflect in song is crafted. “Burn out, love, burn forever” is sung and the chorus of The Black Angels’ ‘Love Me Forever’ drifts into the primary wake of my listening experience. It’s during such instances when their influences subtly materialise, something I myself look forward to when attempting to recognise what has inspired.

Yet “Dilute” as the EP’s first single, conversely recounts in its lyricism the tale of an uninspired narrator. In its arrangement, however, lies a leading melody that presents hope rather than any lack or dissolution of drive and character. This contrast is then what establishes a certain poignancy that could easily function as a developing feature now signature of the outfit’s progression.

There’s a stark attention across the EP given to the assembling of an almost darker atmosphere. The work of production is often what enables one to experiment in this manner, and for Dangerfields the experimentation of sounds and mood appears organic and integral. “Ashes” consequently ends as it begins by extending the wistful ambience channelled in ‘A Better Shape’ with the insertion of distant chromatic notes for a final effect of dissonance before all traces of sound slowly fade out of hearing.

Dangerfields remain as refined as their debut, continuing to utilise the theme of their album and song titles for an all-encompassing second release that is well textured throughout.

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Listen to “Embers” below on Deezer.