The latest EP entitled The Switch by The Fluffy Band was recorded three floors underground in a bomb shelter from WWII. That thought alone makes me feel claustrophobic, anxiety- ridden and a bit creeped out. You can imagine that the sound of The Switch might reciprocate some of those feelings. The reality is it doesn’t really have any of those attributes
The Switch is basically an off-kilter experimental pop album that flirts with shoegaze. Tero Loennblad, Jussi Tuomola and Teemu Viljanen make up The Fluffy Band and are creating an original style that is a pleasure to listen to. The first track “Isolation” is the highlight of the EP. Shards of metallic white noise brush, percussion, and distorted bass create shoegaze inspired canvas that supports the manipulated female vocals. This style sounds great on the band and I was surprised that the remaining songs strayed from this footprint.
“Blind” creates a combination of instrumentation that creates a sense of sadness and isolation. As it progresses shades of hope manifest themselves in the form of orchestral strings. The most inspired moments are toward the end of the song, which are nostalgic but refined.
”Moonshine” sounded the most commercially viable but wasn’t as successful in a number of ways as some of the other songs. “Party Time” is an atmospheric closer and contains a couple of inventive production techniques that made the song pop.
The Switch has a couple of bumps in the road but is a formidable EP. The flow of the four songs feels a bit jagged but the band made up for it with dense production. There were some good ideas implemented throughout which make it worth some of your time.
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