A vital reminder of how dangerous loud music can sound...

You can tell 2020 has been a painful road block Bristol duo's Giant Swan's progression; a year of what should have seen them playing to festivals and clubs around the world has instead seen them confined to the studio.

This EP, released just over a year after their self-titled debut, is a welcome three track showcase of Giant Swan's spectrum of output. ‘Silkworm’ is the agonised sound of an act itching to play to sweaty crowds, the driving bass threatening to overpower the speakers and outpace the contorted melodies.

‘DYFLGOT’ is glitchy turbulence reminiscent of Aphex Twin and Autechre, while ‘Do Not Be Afraid Of Tenderness’ is an unforgiving slab of heavy noise. It might be a while until we're back at clubs again, but stick this on stereo at full volume and for a vital reminder of how dangerous loud music can sound.

7/10

Words: David Weaver

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