2.54 - ‘2.54’ (Fiction)

06 Jun 2012

"As a voice, 2:54 are the sound of discontented female adolescence alongside an experienced, knowing submission to uncertainty and the unknown..."

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Long, seductive drones defying masculine rhythmic bass lines, a slow dance of down-beat sounds that feed the emotional stores at the very backs of our minds. This is the curious, sisterly duet that is 2:54’s debut album. 

Initially, we hear a dynamic contrast between the clinical, dark off-play of drums, bass and guitar while the Thurlow sisters’ voices inject more varying emotions and textures, as in ‘Circuitry’ and ‘Easy Undercover’. The sensual vocals remain centre-stage, consistently achieving a seductive balance with the other instruments. In ‘Creeping’, the guitar briefly takes precedent in a creative imitation of the melodic shapes set out in the vocals, establishing a broader artistic product of a candid exploration of emotions. Contrastingly, in ‘Ride’, the vocals create long sweeps of sound while the drums and bass provide humming vibrations down below. A high point is the sweet feminine harmony of their voices in ‘Watcher’; yet predominantly we are left wanting more.

Throughout, we’re offered a consistent sultry atmosphere existing within a game of sounds and forces as opposed to any convincing use of poetry or attempts to excite. As a voice, 2:54 are the sound of discontented female adolescence alongside an experienced, knowing submission to uncertainty and the unknown.

2:54 create a form of depressed punk; a flattened, liquidised heavy metal that Ronnie James might play as a lullaby. ‘Creeping’ is undoubtedly the albums highlight, showing the band at their best as they provide a strong, motivated tone for the track that is impressive for any debut album. As an album 2:54 possesses a mood appropriate for a low-key party of a film soundtrack, well constructed but unfortunately lacking the emotional or tonal range for enjoyment in individual listening. Nevertheless, the compositional precision and deeply seductive quality throughout the record leaves us in excited anticipation for what the Thurlow sisters produce next. 

2:54 - Creeping by 2:54 Band

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