Grice Peters returns, some two and a half years after his thoughtful and impressive LP Alexandrine with a little teaser of an EP that bodes well for a forthcoming long player. Describing himself on the Bandcamp page as an “electro acoustic glitch and art rock hipster” shows that despite the furrowed brow and lovelorn sentiment apparent in much of his work, GRICE does have a sense of humour!
Opening with Change My World, the EP kicks off in fine style, with the songsmith’s Talk Talk and Japan influences well to the fore. The latter is underlined by the inclusion of Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri in the supporting cast on the EP’s centrepiece, Cry.
Mining a seam of Brit melancholic classy late ’80s synth-pop while adding his own song writing flare to the mix, and coming up trumps is GRICE’s stock in trade, and this continues with the dramatic heft of Spirit Level which notches up a gear or two on its speeding but lonesome trip down a neon-lit street in the dead hours.
Showing a knack for a nice harmony arrangement, Miss Your Love brings us back to Earth with a reflective and yearning song that has our bereft hero missing “your love in the winter time”. Sigh…
The swoonsomeness continues into Cry, whose three-part harmonies take it down a CS&N highway, yet it still fits within the overall post-rock vibe of the majority of the EP. Some nice slide work by the ubiquitous BJ Cole is the icing on the cake.
I look forward to the album.
01. Change My World (album version) (5:16)
02. Spirit Level (4:25)
03. Miss Your Love (2:43)
04. Cry (6:45)
05. Glass Séance (1:44)
Total Time – 19:05
Grice – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Programming, Glass Harmonium
Richard Barbieri – Keyboards (on Cry)
Steve Jansen – Treatments (on Cry)
BJ Cole – Pedal Steel Guitar
Al Swainger – Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Duncan Chave – Programming, Loops
Joe Breban – Drums
Jim Iz – Vocal Harmonies (on Cry)
Dave Costello – Vocal Harmonies (on Cry)
Maria Peters – Backing Vocals (on Spirit Level)
Record Label: Hungersleep Records
Country of Origin: U.K.
Date of Release: 15th December 2017