The conception of ‘Gigantic Disappointment’ coincided with significant upheaval in Lande Hekt’s artistic life. In addition to marking the first time she’s stepped away from longterm band Muncie Girls, the recording process saw her leave Exeter in favour of the remote hill regions of Australia. The result is a debut laced with a tangible sense of movement and self-discovery. ‘Carpet’ is an anthemic refusal to be walked over, while ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Everything Ends’ hold the sort of clarity that accompanies newfound sobriety. Standout track ‘The Future’ is Lande’s attempt to spotlight “climate change and how we are all running out of time.” Heavy subjects perhaps, but paired with soaring instrumentation - a homage to indie pioneers such as The Replacements and Sleater-Kinney - it’s a winning combination. Calling your debut EP ‘Gigantic Disappointment’ was always going to be a bold move. Thankfully it does not live up to its billing.
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