Lines into Phoenix

Aries

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An intriguing but not entirely successful blend of moody, goth-tinged electronics and the more emo end of post-hardcore punk, the debut EP by Lines into Phoenix starts with a fairly thrilling tune archly titled "I Wanna Be a CK Model" that's all glitchy IDM beats, glacial synths, whispered vocals, and a hauntingly melodic piano part. An album's worth of this kind of thing potentially would be very good indeed, but after that encouraging introduction, Aries quickly becomes considerably less memorable. Second track "Coma Induction Via Aquarium" is a forgettable slice of emo anguish set to the usual riff-rocking guitar and hyper-speed drumming. "Things to Gather: Drowning Victim Collectable" sort of splits the difference between the two styles, adding vocal effects and an atmospheric breakdown section featuring a chugging electric organ and an odd, carnival-like coda, but by that point, the momentum is lost. Lines Into Phoenix get points for trying something new, but a fuller commitment to the experiments would make Aries a much less frustrating listen.

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