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info opinion

Escape Pod

"Winter" 7"

Dead Digital

Genres: electronic pop, indie pop

Studio 19
The Floor
8 Lower Ormond St
Manchester M1 8TJ

Jan 31 - Feb 6 2005

Winter is a promising little release for Dead Digital, a fairly young electronic label trying to get its name out there.  Escape Pod make vocal-heavy electronic music that is considerably more pop-based than many likeminded artists out there.  The opening title-track is a breezy indie pop tune infused with synths and an electronic beat; I'm tempted to compare this to The Decemberists, as it shares in the band's infectious lushness.  "Living In Books" seems a bit more assertive (due to a stronger beat and some more coarse electronics), but the lovely "Seeing" reintroduces Escape Pod's talent for original, lovely pop music.  The piano background isn't really too electronic; the few sparse synths on here serve to build atmosphere rather than accentuate the melody.  Winter might be a little short to buy alone, but it certainly bodes well for Escape Pod's future.  If the upcoming album is a strong as this EP, we're all in for a real treat.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]