Five years on from their last release and almost a year since the band reformed, Brighton’s Air Formation are back with a new EP – not that anyone even knew they were making it.
There’s an undeniable similarity in terms of sound to the work of New Order on this four track collection, but while other bands have tried and struggled to succeed in making such a sound their own, here the band somehow make it work.
The bass heavy introduction of ‘I Could Stay’ pretty much sets up the EP and although the lyrics aren’t the easiest to make out, there’s a passion in their delivery that makes up for it. It’s not the greatest start, but EP’s have certainly started with far worse.
‘Last Resolve’ fares much better, with a toe tapping rhythm that’s hard to resist swaying along to. Again, the vocal is far from perfect and it’s a shame – had it been clearer, the track would really work as a future single. Fortunately ‘On The Floor’ has no such problems as the instrumentation is more stripped back – the only issue, and it’s a small one, is that the piece itself is somewhat depressing and might not suit repeat listens.
The band save the best track for last and it’s ‘The Wasted Days’ that ultimately rescues the EP from being one to overlook. The energetic drum beat, combined with the slick, tight guitars means the song is perfect to blast from stereos or to lose your mind to at a gig should the band find themselves out on the road in the near future.
A lot has changed since Air Formation were at the height of their success and, although there is little doubt the band have put a lot of time and effort into this EP, it struggles against many of the other current releases. As a result, only time will tell if the fan-base they once had is still strong enough to help them keep their newly re-established place in the industry.