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Artist: Asylum Sisters (@)
Title: A Faith Called You
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Asylum Sisters is a band from Melbourne, Australia and 'A Faith Called You' is their self-released sophomore EP after 'Educate Consciousness' (2015). This duo contains no "sisters" per se, but consists of Caitlin Mary Cunningham (vocals) and Martin Pike (instruments - synths, beat programming, guitar) who seem to be kindred spirits. They're a young band, but a savvy one from what I'm hearing on 'AFCY'. The EP is seven tracks, and takes you through a variety of moods and motifs. Beginning with "Chaos," there is a solid techno influence here in the music with Caitlin's processed vocals riding over the top like a valkyrie. On "Push" Caitlin alternates between rapping and speak-singing over abrasive synths about the futility of the work ethic, while vocals and music pick up in psychotic intensity. "Your Mind" adds in industrial guitar as Caitlin's voice turns neo-punk, Brutally danceable for the most part, yet somehow seductive. Track four has a symbol for a "triangle" (I don't have the font to show that) and is a bit of a glorious mess, incorporating dubstep, electro-rap, industrial, and even some pretty electric guitar. Caitlin's vocals range from lovely (processed) melodic to raging screamo. There are moments of Nine Inch Nails dark moodiness, especially in the sparse piano of "Sequel," showing the band has depth and introspection. "The Prophecy" was the first song that played up the goth element in Asylum Sisters' music, likely due to the guitar. Finally, "Safest Space II" is different in tone and temperament than previous tracks, the anger and turbulence absent, Caitlin's voice near ethereal, and ending with a blazing guitar solo courtesy of Timmy Klein. Melancholy, but maybe hopeful?

This is an EP that really has the scope of an album. While there were some things that didn't particularly tickle my personal fancy (rap and screamo aren't my favorite forms of vocals style), there is no doubt that 'A Faith Called You' is very well done, and should garner the band some attention if they can capitalize on it.


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