Milkbath, a duo hailing from College Park, MD, dropped their eponymous EP Milkbath in October 2019. After a few years of development, experimentation and lineup changes, singer/lyricist Maya and multi-instrumentalist Rainor have arrived at a delicious initial offering which effortlessly delivers fresh takes on familiar styles.
The EP kicks off with “Pomme” and engages from the first downbeat. The track evokes the best of ‘80s synth-pop, fusing Blondie’s punk sensibilities with lusher, sinuous synth lines and alluring vocal textures from Maya. They keep it up on “Koza” employing live drums by Jian and bringing in some more direct disco elements.
The ending on “Koza” moves the listener from the dance hall to a more intimate acoustic-guitar setting, leaving us ready for “Uroborus.” “Uroborus” is flat-out terrific. The guitar work on the chorus recalls the Beatles’ “Julia” but the second time the chorus comes around, the track has built way beyond its initial coffeehouse feeling, taking us into outer space with thick, swirling crescendos of sound.
“Spoons” comes next, a melodic ditty driven by staccato guitar which felt like something Lindsey Buckingham would have played on a good day. Milkbath augments the space with a lovely complement of dreamy backing vocals and synths. The dreamlike feeling continues halfway into “Certain Silences” when Jian’s drums return and kick the doors open for the last minute of the EP ending with those certain silences ironically interrupted.
Milkbath is a treat from start to finish. The tracks sound terrific — they are dreamy yet bursting with undeniable energy. The overall experience is coherent and well-constructed. I’m left wanting more. More Milkbath please!
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