A scuzzed out synth/noise/punk affair from Distant Animals, straddling a range of genres but never settling on any one of them for long, shifting around with an angry, anxious energy directed at our bleak status quo. Programmed drums and layers of synth ‘riffs’ evoke the intro for some imagined documentary gone wrong, before dissolving into samples and bleak ambience and erupting into back synth noise. It is as if we’re flicking through channels of either television or radio, and being presented with the harsh realities and banality of modern life, given their own themes and soundtracks.
There’s a dreary nostalgia in this, elements of ‘retro’ synth sounds and percussion rub up against crisp modern thuds and dark soundscapes, reminiscent of the unkept promise of neoliberalism and the regurgitation of culture, particularly in line with titles such as Fondly Remembering When Primark was a Woolworths. E.I.F.A.W.A.G.T.D. manages to evoke the kind of grainy rainy atmosphere of stagnated process in modern Britain, with a cynical nod to the notion of ‘looking on the bright side’.