Alice Boman EP II

As interest begins to build around Alice Boman, the young Swede’s
delicate, Alice Boman EP II

splintered brand of songcraft has been reductively described as ‘simple’ by a band of writers who appear to confuse the efficient with the rudimentary.

While Boman’s music and words are refreshingly direct, her economy of
instrumentation is what allows the strength of her melodies to soar.

She possesses a rare skill that can propel music from the everyday to the transcendent;

that deftly disarming split-second shift from major to minor that causes the bottom to fall out of a song and,

as a wonderfully visceral consequence, the listener’s stomach. ‘Be Mine’’s organ-driven,

spectral sing-along and the shuffling, tinny drum machine on ‘Over’ evoke
Beach House at their dreamy peak,

but it must be said that Boman is beginning to create something that she can genuinely call her own.

‘EP II’ is an Ubi sunt to fading memories of love, but while the hand of
melancholy is felt throughout,

its concise statement is hopeful rather than morose.

21 completely worthwhile minutes of your time.

One half of Gnarls Barkley and producer of Beck and The Rapture, Danger Mouse is certainly no ‘everyman’

who watches the free minutes on his mobile and frets about how the TV being on standby might double his electricity bill,

but EMI’s size – a company with a revenue of £1.

46 billion – pulls the man’s courage into perspective. Owned by business giant Terra Firma, the label could surely crush Burton if they so wish,

tangling him in a web of court dates that’d see the artist run out of money, patience and time to pursue the more important things in life,

like making music. And yet Danger Mouse remains too close to his art to
not risk such a fate.

Like with ‘The Grey Album’, he’d become too engrossed with the project
to not complete it, regardless.

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