Break & Reshape EP by Tony Volker

PromoImagePicture yourself wandering around an abandoned old mansion, being led warmly in hand by a subtle underlying beat with the old building’s creaks and groans adding their accompaniment.

This is what Tony Volker‘s new EP Break & Reshape conjures up… more a soundscape to explore rather than just a collected sample of songs. Each track is built around a simple ‘cold’ refrain, fleshed out with increasing sonic layers of ‘warmth’ and sonic experimentation. It is this experimentation in particular that rewards repeated listens. Weird, strange noises jump out at you when you least expect them but never in a jarring way, leaving you with some very odd visitors to the abandoned mansion.

Don’t believe me? Then listen out for the ‘elephant’ midway through “Disculpa Me”, or the ‘seagull’ flying around “Lines In Sand”. Tony Volker has been likened to Thom Yorke and Elliott Smith, but for me this is more akin to the folk/experimentalism of Ben Christophers. It even has a free form Beta Band groove nuance about it which is more than enough reason to give this EP a try.

Tony hails from South London and although there might not be enough here to force you to make the taxi driver take you south of the river at this time of night, it has certainly made me want to start to walk.

Break & Reshape EP is out 1 June on 12″ vintl and digital download.

Tony Volker on the web:
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Mark Simpson hails from a small bluey green planet from the Milky Way galaxy. The fourth failed attempt at a daughter by a loving couple that took doctors and nurses so seriously as to actually be them. Brought up on his elder brothers' musical influences of 70s metal and prog rock, he discovered he was a completely different blood group from his siblings, which allowed his ears to wander off in many and varied directions. This did nothing for his looks, but it provided some wonderful sonic sustenance that has soundtracked his life ever since. Although having an ongoing battle with Fate in keeping loved ones on a corporeal plane, he continues to throw words and tunes together in the hope that the mixture should be heavy enough to bruise Fate's foot if they land in the right place.

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