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Reviewed by Olly Clifton

Electric Wire Hustle: The 11th Sky

Reviewed by Olly Clifton

Electric Wire Hustle: The 11th Sky

Electric Wire Hustle’s third full length record proves an interesting suite of well-produced and beautifully bodied soul/ambient/electronic difficult-to-define tracks. The minimalist, technical sound we’ve come to expect is carried into ‘The 11th Sky’ from their previous releases. The beauty of EWH’s sparse arrangements is that they are the result of very clear intentions and refined taste/musicianship. From the opener Go Slow (co-produced by Just Blaze in NYC) it’s clear EWH are capable of pulling off these minimal tracks without sounding lazy, or needing to disguise any lack of musical ability or originality. Interesting drum rythms, heavy (acid-housey) bass, synth and extremely full sounding vocals from frontman Mara TK keep the tracks developing and musically engaging. Golden Ladder (featuring frequent Wellington collaborator Will Ricketts on percussion) and Oh I dabble in unexpected instrumentation, with bookend harp melodies on the former and what sounds like reversed flute playing out at the end of the latter. I Light a Candle is another highlight, an epic track with a fittingly massive orchestral string arrangements mixed in with dance music inspired ryhthms and stuttering vocal samples. Interestingly, the lyrics allude to Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World. EWH’s latest effort sees a collection of expertly produced tracks (that would stand alone as instrumentals) neatly intertwined with great vocals and lyricism that will intrigue listeners with an inclination to minimalist soul, electronic and dance music – coming from a base of strong songwriting.