Air Formation: Were We Ever Here – EP Review
Air Formation – Were We Ever Here (Club AC30)
12″ | DL
An incredible return for these stars of Shoegaze, four wonderfully different tracks that culminate in an incendiary blast of raw power.
Their first new material since they split in 2010, shoegaze luminaries Air Formation are back with an EP that was unannounced and released as quickly as possible. This circumnavigated the hype machine and preconceived hyperbole that surround such releases, and allowed them to be more organic and adding an element of surprise and excitement to proceedings.
To me this approach is refreshing and does inject that much needed excitement back into a world where tracks have been played to death by the time they reach their physical release point. The novelty is well and truly worn off as people move on to the next thing that is yet to be released, granted though the digital world has become the catalyst for this, making such tracks available immediately.
However, the way Air Formation shied away from all of this is extremely admirable, and as the EP opens up with I Could Stay it is steeped in dark wonderful atmospheric tones. The whole track is drenched in glorious reverb as the odd sharp moment pokes through this wall of exquisite noise, a glorious sound so warm and fuzzy yet when unleashed so cutting.
This beautiful start is complemented with an altogether noisier exploration of sound which makes these expansive atmospheric soundscapes sound incredible. Whilst both Last Resolve and On The Floor, possess these qualities in abundance, the urgency and intensity of The Wasted Days is astounding. This incendiary track closes out the EP in phenomenal style.
Gone is the warm fuzzyness, only to be replaced with this wall of soaring guitars and pounding drums, as the track reaches its crescendo we’re left longing for more. The crowning glory of a wonderful EP that showcases four entirely different tracks yet all of which are fantastic in their own right, hopefully this is just a taster of what is to come!