Eastern Barbers // Maya

eastern-barbersBack in June, I mentioned in NME Radar that Eastern Barbers‘ ‘Shallow’ sounded like King Krule and Jamie xx had abruptly abandoned their collaboration a couple of minutes in, a backhanded compliment that I’m going to have to stand by – but new track ‘Maya’ threatens to take some of those ideas to their logical conclusion.

Having seen the quartet a few weeks back, they already seem like one of those young bands with an outrageously well defined sound, so it’s no surprise that ‘Maya’ is operating in the same shadows that ‘Shallow’ was playing around in. Ghostly echoes of production slide underneath the sort of jazzy nihilism that King Krule deals in, and the xx’s black-and-white take on south London life finds itself pushed down new avenues. It’s spectral and affecting stuff from a band with seemingly as many ideas as they have gloomy, overcast atmospheres.

Everybody’s Elsewhere is available on Bandcamp.

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