TAUNTS – How Did We Get Here? / Let’s Get Lost Tonight
Taunts emerge from the sound laboratory bearing two experiments in capturing the untamed energy of their live performances within the inherently sterile aspic of the digital medium. Taken collectively, they provide a shorthand guide to the duo’s sonic spectra; two glimpses into a kaleidoscope of sound where boundaries decay and generic signifiers are rendered irrelevant. Influences are barely glimpsed, flickering indicatively as footnotes, mere aspects of a travelogue across a far broader musical archipelago. Lyrically, both songs are framed as literate vignettes; by turn existential and hedonistic; removed from the first person with the same dexterity of thought that allows Ele and Luke’s mastery of their disciplines to serve their art, rather than to define it.
Separately, ‘How Did We Get Here’ announces itself with some degree of portent; eschewing the crass impulse to fill all space with sound, it utilises silence as a melodic accessory allowing the song to deliquesce, delivering sweet payloads of weaponised harmony with economy and accuracy. Its complexity is subsumed to its overall gestalt; subservient to the greater whole, itself a quantum summoning to the here and now. The animus to its predecessor’s anima, ‘Let’s Get Lost Tonight’ unleashes coruscating bursts of dermabrasive effervescence to evoke an accelerating vortex of sensation. A hook to impale an earworm upon, it completes an impressive prologue.