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EP Review: Unusable Love by El Ten Eleven

Innovative Los Angeles instrumental duo El Ten Eleven release their new EP, Unusable Love, on 18th August via Alcopop! Records. For over a decade, the eloquent composition from the pair have been crafted from layers of stacked augmented bass and drums, often sounding more like a quintet or an atmospheric orchestra. Over the course of their career, Kristian Dunn (bass/guitars) and Tim Fogarty (drums) have continuously reinventing their sound – this time with the addition of vocalist Emile Mosseri (The Dig) for their first vocal release.

Instead of releasing a one-off track with a singer, Dunn and Fogarty decided to commit to a full extended-play release exploring the new sound. “The search for the right singer was frustrating. There were a lot of people we tried working with who were really talented, but ultimately not the right fit stylistically,” says Kristian Dunn. After months of searching they found Emile Mosseri from New York, songwriter and vocalist of indie garage rock revisionists The Dig. “Not only does the natural sound of his voice complement our music, but his work ethic and dedication are on par with our own. And his lyrics complement our music perfectly.”

Every song, both recorded and in their live performances, consists of looping specific short compositions performed by the band, then layering with different patterns. The result comes out as a blend of dream pop and post punk with a smattering of post-rock sensibility. Certainly compared to the bands previous output this is a major shift, not just due to the vocals but due to the more straight up dream pop sound.

That’s no bad thing. El Ten Eleven might just have come up with the perfect dream pop album. It’s delightful and hypnotic at every turn, subtle nuances and tiny shifts come to fore in every listen. Ten listens in and you’ll find something new and tantalising to fall in love with.

In the four tracks there’s not even the slightest dip in quality, this is 100% killer. From the opening dark tones of the title track through to the electro tinged delight of ‘Delicate Friend’ you’re onto a winner hear. Listen to it in full, lose yourself in each track and be rewarded with an excellent EP.

AD Rating 8/10

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