“I could show you now, but you’re never gonna see.”

“Bittersweet” by Archis | I’ve been sitting on this for a few weeks now, even months, knowing that there’ll be an EP release, and that EP was released yesterday, or today, depending on which time zone you’re on. Also, you’ve probably seen Allene mention these guys on her Fantasy Festival stage last week. Of course. This is a Dia Frampton project. She would include her. Archis is a collaboration with Joe Trapanese, composer for television and film; he’s had a hand in M83‘s sprawling Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, as well as the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy (led by Daft Punk). As for this, well, it’s an interesting, albeit inconsistent, mix. Dia’s always been a chameleon, recently throwing her voice into a couple of dance tracks (like this Crystal Method one), but the six tracks on Archis’ eponymous EP doesn’t always work. Sometimes Joe’s cinematic style and Dia’s more gentle ruminations work – like in this track – but sometimes it doesn’t. I’m looking at you, “Black Eye”. You’re way too confusing. And maybe that’s the rub. Maybe, like before, I just have to get used to it. But, again, there’s something here. And now you wonder if a full album is in the offing. [NB]

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