Secret Cameras EP

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Secret Cameras

Secret Cameras EP

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Reviewed by Jen Dan Mar 17, 2017

British indie rock/pop band Secret Cameras unveils its moody, intriguing self-titled debut EP March 17th.

London-located indie rock/pop band Secret Cameras unveils its self-titled debut EP March 17th.  The group blends gritty post-punk with angular indie rock and synth-pop appeal throughout the intriguing 6 tracks of the EP. 

Itamar (vocals, guitars, synths), Kristian (guitars, synths, backing vocals), Sam (Bass), and Dimitris (drums) have played in previous bands, gigging throughout the UK, have been on the Club NME Tour (with a headlining show at Koko's), toured in the US, and played at numerous festivals like Leeds, SXSW, and supporting Suede on that band's comeback tour.  They have also had airplay on numerous radio stations across the UK, including BBC Radio 1, BBC 6, BBC London, Radio X (in its previous form as XFM,) and The Revolution.

The EP was produced by Fraser Smith (Shed Seven) and mixed by Dave Bascombe (produced/mixed Depeche Mode, Suede, Goldfrapp, Placebo, Courteeners).  The title track struts by with kicky beat and winds along with droning, shining, and grimy synths, sounding like a mild, but engaging cross between numbers from Placebo and Suede. 

Propulsively sweeping "It Doesn't Matter" roils mightily with stormy guitar fulmination, rapid ticking percussion, thickly textured hanging clouds of synths, a dynamic drum beat, and Itamar's dramatic vocals. 

"It's Never Over" takes a calmer break, pacing with a measured beat, subdued synth notes, and a buzzing electronic noise.  Ripples of delicate synths create gentle waves as a brooding Itamar deeply intones, "It's never over until it's over." and "We will always have our memories."

“For You" lightly reels to the sky with heightened synth lines and brightly rising guitar reverb and is stamped with clacking electro-pop percussion and Itamar's emotive vocals . 

Uplifting guitar lines, kinetic cymbal shimmer, and sharp drum hits run through "Beautiful", which is also touched by Itamar's reflective vocals and perceptive lyrics. 

On the last track, "When This Ends", Itamar'sounds like a conflicted David Gahan as he declares, "It's time we move on." The song's subdued synth-pop start turns into a dancefloor banger, moving at a fast-paced sprint and rife with loops of shimmering synths frisson, hollowed out guitar agitation, and a cantering beat.

 

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