EP Review ††† (Crosses) - PERMANENT.RADIANT

n one hand, Chino Moreno’s unmistakeable vocals are always welcome, but the band dart around styles a little too much.

††† (Crosses) - PERMANENT.RADIANT

Having made their last official outing back in 2014, it’s been almost a decade since ††† - more easily known as Crosses - have released anything more than a single, and the arrival of new EP ‘PERMANENT.RADIANT’ is a somewhat mixed affair. On one hand, Chino Moreno’s unmistakeable vocals are always welcome, and can’t help but conjure up the more mellow, electronic-infused side of Deftones’ discography; opener ‘Sensation’ is a slinking beast of a track. But through the EP, the band dart around styles a little too much. The chorus of ‘Vivien’ is darkly glitchy until a pop chorus - which feels rather close to one of Britney Spears’ hits - kicks in, ‘Day One’ comes imbued with a reggaeton vibe, before closing track ‘Procession’ channels the woozy psychedelics of Tame Impala. Another lesson in genre-less experimentation, but it just doesn’t quite stick.

 

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