Delusions of Grandeur
EF are a post-rock quintet from Gothenburg, Sweden, who since 2003 have released three studio albums and undertaken numerous tours as they spread their name. This, their latest EP, is the first for their new home at Pelagic Records, and is but a taste of what EF have to offer.
The powerful yet delicate title track is a terrific way to get this release underway – a three track EP can often be short on content, but at nearly eight and a half minutes EF do more than just flesh out the sides and the construction is so, it doesn’t drag either, piano driving the electrical section through the track. As far as post rock goes, its not straying too far from the template, but they seem to have it sussed in knowing when to apply the emotional pressure, to build it up and release it with powerful crescendo. The instrumental ‘Fem’ keeps things ticking nicely up to the closing track ‘I’ve Never Felt This Way Before’; a fine example of storytelling, telling the story of a group of boys who stumble before a mortally wounded foal, with one deciding to do the right thing, comfortable with the punishment that comes with it. It draws you right in, every bit as captivating as textual fiction, and topped off with a haunting and rising finale that rounds off a perfectly paced sojourn.
Cliched as it sounds to say fans of band X and Y will like this, the truth is that this will most appeal to people into Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, etc., but I’d like for more people to open up to this sort of music once in a while. EF now seem perfectly poised to build on this EP when they deliver their first album for Pelagic, continuing here with a career arc still rising and yet to dip.
Pre-orders are available for ‘Delusions of Grandeur‘, and EF have a series of European live shows in the offing, which will be listed below. Step on it and prepare to be mesmerized.
EF – Delusions of Grandeur pre-order teaser
Sep 28, 2012 – Lille, L’hotel de la Musique
Sep 29, 2012 – Paris, L’International
Sep 30, 2012 – Düdingen, Bad Bonn
Oct 01, 2012 – Zürich, Hafenkneipe
Oct 02, 2012 – Stuttgart, Juha West
Oct 03, 2012 – Frankfurt, Ponyhof
Oct 04, 2012 – Leipzig, Moritzbastei
Oct 05, 2012 – Berlin, Cassiopeia
Oct 06, 2012 – Bielefeld, Forum
Nov 01, 2012 – London, Kings Place
Nov 02, 2012 – Birmingham, Vagabonds
Buy/pre-order ‘Delusions of Grandeur‘ here (10″ vinyl) at this location: http://pelagic-records.com/vinyl/