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Band showcase step into new direction

By Spalding Today Columnist

All Your Friends/New Magik (3538411)
All Your Friends/New Magik (3538411)

After an almost two year wait, Area 11 has come back with a brand new double A-side featuring heavy guitar riffs, hypnotic synthesisers and striking feats of driving drumming, displaying the band’s latest movement from their old sound and into the new.

These two songs set high boundaries for the new music the band has been hinting at and gives the listener a glimpse into what’s to come.

The first of the two tracks, All Your Friends, opens with an electric fusion of vocals and synthesisers which is then cut with the entrance of the full band in a stunning synergy, capturing the listener and not letting go until the end.

As the song progresses, the band projects their ambitions and define their new sound by merging a range of genres seamlessly and exploring new depths to both electronic and synthesised sounds.

As the first track draws to a close, it seamlessly blends into the synthesised intro of the second, New Magik. This track instantly establishes itself as a hard hitting and fast paced anthem with the entrance of the driving guitar riff which lends itself to the bouncy synth, reminiscent of tracks like Watchmaker on their previous album.

The tension builds as the verse progresses, the texture growing and then blooming into the chorus which feels instantly familiar upon the first listen. It will certainly have you singing along by the end.

Overall, this EP is a step in a new direction for area 11 and shows an interesting future for the band’s music. These tracks will certainly leave you wanting to hear more.

Patrick Walsh


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