Bb Biscuit is Amelie, a London-based French musician, who from what I can gather released a complete DIY album (besides the mastering) entitled The Black T-Shirts. She references Pulp’s Different Class or Arcade Fire’s Funeral as albums which she has admiration for and upon scrutiny both albums have a general theme of young people making sense of the past while trying to get a handle on the future. Different Class is somewhat of a lost relic that a lot of people in their ’20s aren’t privy to and I highly recommend it.
The Black T-Shirts EP is rock that sometimes veers into ’80s CBGB’s style punk like on “Dorsia.” “Dorsia” is a reference to American Psycho. It’s the ultra hip restaurant that is regarded as a symbol of status and ultimately the impetus that makes Patrick Bateman kill Paul Allen. The song is catchy, full of fuzz and fun.
“Fiction” has a darker vibe than “Dorsia.” In fact the vocals and music have a slight resemblance to Portishead. It’s thoroughly enjoyable for those of us who prefer the darker side of the force. The song builds to a precipice but never fully blows up. I didn't mind the restraint but kind of wanted the song to blow it up a bit more.
“Try Harder” is an action packed tune that delivers the goods. Jangly guitar and explosive drums juxtapose against Amelie’s subdued vocals which feel like they are just above a whisper at times.
“We all like you better when you're drunk” feels a bit out of place and perhaps it is just because of the acoustic guitars. The song is clean, light and poppy. It’s a solid tune but felt a bit random coming off of “Try Harder.” The EP closes with “Song For The Black T-Shirts” which is a soft, atmospheric track revolving mostly around guitar and vocals.
The Black T-Shirts feels a bit scattered but it is a thoroughly enjoyable EP. Amelie has been making music for ten years so let’s hope we hear some more music from her sooner rather than later.
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