H&H // SIMPLE THINGS EP – FELT TIP
Originally published on Hooting & Howling
Since kickstarting in late 2013 with debut single ‘Love Or Pity’ swiftly stealing hearts of all those clued up on the basis of their stark indie pop stylings that claim influence from “Ernio Morricone and everything at DFA Records”, gaining a bassist and releasing an even better second single by the name of ‘Milk & Honey’ that still won’t have quite left your head, Felt Tip have achieved an admirable amount in 9 months – not to mention the countless live slots with the likes of The Crookes and endless championing plays from Steve Lamacq – and with their EP ‘Simple Things’, the outfit aren’t showing any signs of slowing just yet.
Latest single of the same name, ‘Simple Things’, begins the EP with a short sharp injection in a funk of jarring guitars and chiming riffs, producing the slickest – and enticingly brilliant as possible – British style that the world appears to have been crying out for replenishment in for some time, and it’s guaranteed to remain swirling round your mind for some time after.
‘How Do I Feel’ continues the magic driven by persistent percussion that can’t help but instigate a head bob at the very least every time it kicks in, and softly murmured vocals from frontman James Tyler – carrying an melody lodged with underlying emotion and still proving impossibly catchy, whilst ‘No Idea’ celebrates the sheer bliss of being oblivious under yet more of guitarist Anton Trampon’s urging Television-esque riffs, with the jagged nature that becomes the centrepiece of both the track and the entire EP, compelling the ears of all just as well as the last.
A 4 minute burst of harnessed anger professed through Tyler’s sweetly sullen vocals (“I don’t ever want to/I don’t ever want to see your face again”) and frantic bursts of guitar – also known as ‘I Don’t Ever’ – closes the EP in an infectiously admirable jitter of emotion and strutting noise, the kind the outfit already appear to have completely mastered in the 4 tracks they showcase here – complete with an unavoidable bassline courtesy of Jade Spranklen, and ends proceedings by solidifying that Felt Tip are more than capable of producing ever consistently impressive tracks, and the kind that are set to be adored by everyone sooner or later.
‘Simple Things’ is out 9th June via Fierce Panda Records and the outfit are playing multiple dates across the UK in the coming months:
18th June: Artrocker New Blood Festival, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
20th June: Camden Crawl (Black Cap, 8.30pm)
3rd July: Scala (w/ Pains Of Being Pure At Heart)