Fresh Kill: Everything Shook – Drinking About You
Hailing from Dublin Ireland, the trio consisting of Robyn Bromfield, Jessica Kennedy and Aine Stapleton recently unleashed one of the most infectious electropop albums of 2016, armed with vintage Casio, Yamaha, and Korg synthesizers. Their name, Everything Shook. The Album, “Drinking About You.”
“Drinking About You,” released August 16th 2016, is a shining example of modern day electropop done right. Elements of synthpop, electroclash and even darkwave are all evident through the albums near 40 minutes of play. It is evident, however, that Everything Shook belongs to none of those scenes. Instead, they craft their own sordid and twisted pop sounds that perfectly compliment themes of late nights out in the city, drinking, and sexual objectification.
There is a duality that runs throughout the album, as it is quite obvious that these songs were made and recorded by no dour ‘miserablists’ but three friends who, by the sound of it, had the time of their lives recording and making these songs. And yet with the aforementioned themes of the music, there is a disconcerting cohesion that shouldn’t work… but does. Retro synth sounds, dispassionate vocals, a feeling of malaise are imbued in each track, and yet it all sounds fun and refreshing.
The album begins with the brilliant “I’ve Got a Gun in My Pocket,” which has an almost western ‘showdown’ feel to it. An epic grandiosity accentuated by the convergence of Bromfield, Kennedy and Stapleton’s interweaving vocals. The crescendo is nothing short of breathtaking with its reverb drowned vocals that are, oddly enough, reminiscent of a wailing Kate Bush.
“Friday Night” is downright irresistible. While the music is immediately bubbly and playful, once the vocals kick in, the unease envelops quickly. “Jumping around keeps my feet on the ground… Friday night on the dance floor, Sunday night falling in the door.” The sense of imbalance is perfectly communicated not just in lyric, but in music.
The final track deserves special attention. Thats not to say the rest of the album doesn’t, it would stand on its own without it, but “Come Back to Mine,” is truly the rancid cherry that tops off “Drinking About You,” with a chorus so magnificently catchy there was no need for verses! As I listened, I was entranced at the sinister bass lines, the labyrinth of perfectly woven voices, the lead synth hitting single notes that perfectly complimented the song’s assemblage of sound, the raw sexuality (which is beautifully dark and deviant…and beckoning). Aspiring darkwave musicians should listen to this track, over and over again.
Ultimately, regardless of where Everything Shook winds up or the attention they do or don’t receive, “Drinking About You” deserves a place in the collection of those fans of deceptively disquieting pop music.
Everything Shook’s website: http://www.everythingshook.com