Monday, 2 March 2020

Amitie/Pique - Split 5" Lathe (Dingleberry Records/Illuminate My Heart Records/Larry Records)


Labels: Dingleberry Records/Illuminate My Heart Records/Larry Records
Formats: 5" Lathe/Digital
Release Date: 05 Nov 2019

Tracklist:

1. Amitie - Today's Agenda Is...
2. Pique - Only Death Is Real

I had a lot of fun writing last night's review. In case you didn't know, I'm dedicating this week to the bands that featured on the four-way split LP that I wrote about yesterday and it just so happens that this little split includes two of them. Towards the end of 2019, Amitie and Pique recorded one song each, before committing them to a very limited lathe cut 5" record. If you own any 5" vinyl releases, you'll know that they tend be very short and it's no different with this one. Don't worry though because you'll still have plenty of time to stare at that bewilderingly awesome artwork up there.

Two tracks not even passing the two-minute mark when played one after the other. I’m expecting something insane and straight away Amitie doesn’t disappoint with ‘Today’s Agenda Is…’. Emoviolence but with clear and obvious melody, that goes by all too quickly. The feedback/looping riffs at the beginning give it away really and the percussion/vocals don’t give any quarters either.

Pique’s ‘Only Death Is Real” is less violent and more cinematic. It’s tempo slower and while it too is short in length, the image it creates in your mind is strangely one of peace and fragility. The vocals are just as emotive here but the instrumentation seems more sensitive. It almost feels like there are two sides to this split and by that I don’t mean the obvious. It seems there’s a chaotic side and a calm side, with Pique being the latter. 

Both bands here didn’t have a great deal to play with in terms of songs lengths yet they’ve made it work to their advantage. Exhilarating and heartfelt in equal measure. I’m not usually a fan of those discography comps that bands seem to do as stop gaps between proper releases, but if both Amitie and Pique were to do their own, I’d be down. 

You can stream the full split below, where you can also purchase it digitally:-




The physical release is almost sold out but one copy is still available from Dingleberry Records via their Discogs store - https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/.

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