House Of Black Lanterns – ‘Leather Jacket Love Stories’ (Jericho One)

House Of Black Lanterns’ latest release comes via Jericho One, a burgeoning offshoot label of Crème Organization. Like parent like child, the music coming from this imprint has been, within its own separate realm, both weird and wonderful. Dylan Richards’ (aka King Cannibal) latest piece fits the bill exceedingly well.

The EP starts with ‘Cold (This City)’, a deeply twisted peak-time banger, built of cavernous subdued kicks, off-beat screeching stabs and an omnipresent vocal sample reminding you of how you should be feeling (cold). ‘Deep Devotion’ pulls back the pace and puts on a dubbed-out vibe that acts as a stark contrast and beautiful juxtaposition to the previous track; white-noise ripples over hollow hats and full kicks, paired with a soulful vocal and samples that are reminiscent of early Renegade Hardware material.

Another genre shift occurs on ‘Midnight Caller’ into Electro territory, the atmosphere somewhere between Drexciyan depths and ’90s Rave, peppered with throwbacks that intermittently break up the ride. I particularly like the sleazy vocal that slides across the top of this infectious groove. The EP finishes with ‘A Girl Called Desire’, bumping and rolling via skipping percussive elements and a hammer horror-esque violin. The EP is nicely tied together with plenty of recently revived nostalgia, a moody-cum-tongue-in-cheek atmosphere, and combined with a forward-thinking approach in applying those components to a variety of rhythms and time signatures. The release date could have been better suited if it were this time a month ago, if not a little cheesy perhaps. All the same, an excellent release.

Words: Oliver Todd

‘Leather Jacket Love Stories’ is out now on Jericho One.

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