All that aside, it’s the song quality that should be getting listeners hot and bothered, not the EP title. ‘Canopy Shade’, which was the first taster released from the EP, was co-produced with Plaid and is a peppy, boppy number that fits the band’s former description of themselves when they first arrived on the scene, “ambitionless office disco”, perfectly. This is dance done in a very sleek and not at all vulgar or scandalous way: tambourine shakes and singer Jody Prewett’s tremolo-ing vocals on the chorus are combined with synths that are tuned at just the right level of frenetic.
The sexy bass line shines in the bridge of the title track, but it’s Prewett’s words, tantalising and at the same time, a little creepy, that steal the show, with repeated airings of “I can’t sleep / when you’re not here with me / next to me” and “I don’t want anyone at all / I don’t want anybody else”. Is this a man you want you want to cuddle… or should you keep him out of your bed?
The other three songs are about escape and running away, presumably of the subconscious sort. With its ethereal vocals setting off in progression, ‘Seven Waves’ gains momentum when the piano bangs in and brings you out of your temporary moment of relaxation. The conflict explored of solitary lunar ‘Sleepwalks’, while Prewett tries to “ignore the rhythms for another way out”, is turned into a brass loving disco. No surprise then is it that the track was produced and mixed by Ewan Pearson.
It’s almost with some regret that the five-pack of songs ends with ‘Wolf’: shadowy like film noir, Prewett is left as “just a passenger”, knowing “this is not my home” while bells chime out menacingly and sounds are compressed and stretched out around the dark corners of the song. It’s haunting but after the freeing dance beats earlier, it’s a slowed down disappointment, despite being produced by Foals’ Yannis Philippakis. Final verdict: four fifths unabashed dance party, one fifth hide under the covers.