Album Review: Shields – Kaleidoscope EP

By on Tuesday, 20th November 2012 at 12:00 pm

I wrote a little piece about this band Shields from Newcastle a while back, backing them for big things in the future. Saying for sure that they were a band to watch over the next few months/years. Now here I am just a few months later reviewing their debut EP ‘Kaleidoscope’, a sampling of the band at their best, producing some quality work. But while my introduction to the band focussed on the fact that they were the best thing to come out of Newcastle, since everyone’s favourite goalsnatcher and TV pundit Alan Shearer. This time around it’s all about the music, as that is really what does the talking on this record. The opening track ‘Mezzanine’, well, what can I say…

It has all has all the elements of a synthpop hit. The bass is full of vigour and bounce and has the feel of a late 80s disco combined with the infectious enthusiasm of The Go Team! It’s a fantastic way to start the record and is a clear indicator of what this band is about. Sexy, fun pop music that draws a smile on your face whether you are in the mood or not, now that’s an enticing, eh? Things are slowed down a tiny bit and the percussion takes over on ‘Miserly’, with a couple of ooooooooohs and ahhhhhhhhs thrown in there for good measure. The highlights of this song though are the jingling guitars and synths that soar over the engine room of the band.

Then right away on ‘Turning Corners’, the EP ‘Kaleidoscope’ gets a bit folky and finds some segment of classic song structure. The piano’s underwriting the melody are easily my favourite piece of this song. With the subtle bass rolling in the background as the song grows into the pulsing synthpop hit it’s destined to be. Proceedings are stripped down ever so slightly for the beginning of ‘Silhouette’ before the entire band chime in with a banging bit of percussion and some seriously math-rockesque riffs that even Foals would be proud of. Their cover of SBTRKT’s ‘Pharaoh’ (video here is definitely worth a listen, even if it is just for the fact that they’ve gone in a great new direction of the track which will have SBTRKT fans scratching their heads for sure. It’s a bold effort though.

The band are clearly quite happy with the niche that they’ve found and each song on the EP stands out well as ever, it’s just whether in the age of consistent synth pop releases bludgeoning the airwaves, will Shields get noticed by the mainstream populous, or forgotten before they even have a chance. I for one hope not, as ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a right laugh to listen too and should be a staple of any indie DJ.

You heard me, Propaganda.


Listen to and download ‘Mezzanine’ below; the ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP by Shields in its entirety was released yesterday and can be downloaded for free from the band’s official Web site.

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