The Machine Room – Sweden EP Review

New label Disorder Recordings is set to release new material from Scottish skygazers The Machine Room this month. Disorder Recordings rises from the promoters behind the popular Old Blue Last club night. The Machine Room packed out many venues throughout 2013 including The Shacklewell Arms, Birthdays and The Bull & Gate as well as appearing at festivals such as T In The Park. It’s 2014 and they’re back ready to release new material that was only previously heard at their enthralling live shows.

Following the release of singles Sweden (Fierce Panda/Label Fandango) and Chances (Disorder Recordings), The Machine Room release their first EP since 2012’s Love From A Distance, entitled Sweden.

Last year the indie dream-pop five piece released the first single to be taken from their new EP, catchy lead track Sweden via Fierce Panda/Label Fandango. The release attracted a whole load of positive press including being made Track Of The Week by respected music/culture website The 405.

The second single to be taken from the Sweden EP is Chances which was unleashed to the world on 3 March. Having already gained airplay from BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, the chances are this will be the bands most successful single to date.

The Machine Room from Edinburgh consist of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Bryden backed up by Adie Emanuel (drums), Cecilia Stamp (synths, keys, guitar, backing vocals), Ryan Marinello (guitar, backing vocals) and Scott Hitchings (bass). They exist in their own swirling world of heavyweight rhythms and featherweight melodies. Sweden EP is released on Monday 17 March 2014 on Disorder Recordings and is undoubtedly the mildly electro-fied dreamers most catchy and well produced work to date. They have truly found their dreamy shoe-gazing sound and built upon the success of their previous offerings with complex beats and swirling guitar treats.

The Machine Room

The Machine Room

The title track has electronic synth sounds which are reminiscent of  the 80s. It’s dream pop soundscape at its best which gives it a wonderful atmospheric sound. Sweden has faint vocals placing much more focus on the atmospheric instrumentation. The distortion of the bass notes on the synths adds a sense of drama to this song. The instrumentation calms around two thirds of the way through the song to prepare for a final build up towards the end of the track, creating a sense of tension just before it ends. You’ll find your head swaying along even if you don’t know what this song or band are about. Sweden is 100% worthy of radio play.

Persistent Suitor has a very different sound to the first track on the EP. The vocals are more dominant than in the previous song and carry the melody, “I was dancing in circles for you/And falling in love with you/And crawling all over you…” Persistent Suitor sounds familiar in its sound. Combining uplifting, light hearted guitar notes and bass notes with the indie drum beat gives it a danceable, fast paced beat. It’s quite a dramatic number, especially in the middle of the song. Alongside the melodic vocals, the bass riff carries this song making it something very memorable.

Lose A Friend is dark in comparison to the previous tracks. It features unusual vocals which start to show off the vocal range and abilities. The bass notes are paramount in this track presenting a haunting quality to this band’s writing. The drum beat suddenly kicks in giving this song its 80s pop feel and soundscape quality.

Chances was released earlier this month. Once again, the indie guitar carries the melody producing a pleasant and gentle riff. The lyrics, “I’ve had my chances…” is repeated but stays surprisingly fresh. It’s a hook that will stay with you.

The Machine Room’s Sweden EP is a wonderful snippet into the workings of this band. It will be released on March 17 via Disorder Recordings.

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