Ten months ago, the world was presented with Lea Porcelain’s first release. Now we’ve been truly treated to four, gargantuan tracks, which make up this duo’s debut EP.
From the cryptic, fuzz overload of Similar Familiar, to the hysteric, post-WW story of Loose Life, Lea Porcelain’s EP hides behind no protection, baring itself upon the world, ready to truly rip apart the ‘music-sphere’ and post-punk’s ties to the past.
The one genre that has never been approached with any challenge towards its history, can easily be argued as being post-punk. Cult favourites Joy Division, have had the post-punk world centred on their music, since the death of Ian Curtis. Never having been challenged since, Joy Division’s mark on the musical world has influenced thousands. But Lea Porcelain have taken this influence into a completely different category.
This isn’t just a standard, dedication to the Manchester group. It’s a notice to the world. Post-punk will be revitalised, and Lea Porcelain are going to make this happen. They’re not just revamping Joy Division’s style. They’re completely bulldozing it apart.
But it doesn’t just have to be guitars and baritone vocals you know. Post-punk is as energetic and bold as its predecessor punk. New age electronics that move away from ordinary keyboards and synths, and guitars that control more sounds than your usual twangs. An evolution is finally here.
On their debut track Similar Familiar, punk music grasped straws at glum, neo-rock, creating a hole between post-punk and contemporary melancholic rock. Exposing the world of music to an even heavier, darker sound, Similar Familiar began our love affair with Lea Porcelain, and the eight month wait until their next track, A Year From Here.
A complete contrast to their debut release, A Year From Here transcended into a graceful breeze, layered with gently, fuzzed over guitar tones, and a repeated motif of a beautifully simple set of guitar chords, escaping the confinements of post-punk’s dark, self-devouring nature. Dreamy and light, while still allowing post-punk to be the center of the track, A Year From Here separated Lea Porcelain from the rest of the post-punk starters, throughout the entire world.
Our personal favourite however, came in the form of the formidable (and arguably their grandest track yet), Bones.
We described Bones as the euphoric, worldly anthem that we had been expecting from Lea Porcelain, and we’re still standing by this statement. Picked up by BBC Radio 6, Bones’ unique counter balance of dream pop and post punk, created by a continuation of electronic haze, mystified by guitars that transmute into brass instrumentation at the flick of a switch, created the most significant sign, of a new world in the post-punk genre.
Now on the final track of their EP, Loose Life falls into the memory of darker moments in the past. Amplified by footage of post-WW Berlin, layered with ruins of the wars destruction, Loose Life’s violent electronics amplified the inspired, hopeful and resilient tones of Lea Porcelain’s work.
Not just a simple piece of music, Lea Porcelain’s EP marks itself as a true iconic piece, inspired by the history of culturally significant moments.
This inspiration can be found in every source of history. Whether it’s music or global history, influences can be extracted from virtually anything. But what makes these influences into something tangible and platonic, is the ability to manipulate them into something completely unique and then in itself, inspiring. Lea Porcelain’s EP has achieved this, and to an impeccable standard as well.