Decomposing In Paris are a unique group in a local music industry that at the moment, is quite indie-rock centric. This trip-hoppy, dreamy electro trio are releasing their debut EP on the 29th of March and it is obvious that they intend to change the status quo.
This three piece from Belfast have created a sound that echoes Radiohead, Portishead, How To Destroy Angels and at times Regina Spektor. Becca Hopkins possesses an incredibly powerful voice that is clear and engaging. That at times lowers to an enchanting whisper.
There is a real marriage of genres in this record. Wee are greeted to songs that could as easily come from Massive Attack or Geoff Barrow and Beth Gibbons. Melodies that marry conventional instruments with more experimental aural manipulation. The variety of musical styles prevalent in this record are a real asset and highlight the groups technical ability. Songs mix from phantom-like trip-hop and dub to heavy industrial beats thats are reminiscent of Salem and NIN.
The groups real strength lies with Hopkins voice and the ability to weave her voice into vastly different soundscapes are evident in this record. ‘He Loves Me Not’ and ‘Naked’ are powerhouses that hit all the right notes. Musically the record is well crafted and despite the huge array of styles and instruments we are never overwhelmed. Poetry in motion.
There are times when it can feel like an assault on the ears with Hopkins voice being stretched out of her comfort zone, evident throughout sections of ‘High and Dry’ and towards the tail end of ‘Personal Ad’. This is a minor grievance but it should be noted as it does detract from what should be a phenomenal debut.
The EP is a great introduction to a group that brings with them a breath of fresh air. It is by no means a perfect record but with a few minor tweaks Decomposing In Paris have the firepower and gumption to make some waves in a highly competitive industry.
◀ STANDOUT ⁞ He Loves Me Not ▶
◀ CONNECTION ⁞ Regina Spektor ▶