As a way of keeping people interested in one of the UK’s most exciting new bands, ‘Carter’ works perfectly.
Having neatly sidestepped the trappings that hype can bring (mainly: everyone getting sick to death of you before you’ve actually done anything), Arthur Beatrice are slowly but surely making their mark in a resoundingly classy manner. This four-track EP (including a remix of the title track by Maths Time Joy) acts as a re-introduction to the London band fronted by Ella Girardot and Orlando Leopard, ahead of a full-length record the band say could be with us as soon as the end of 2013. First-time listeners will immediately identify the Wild Beasts influence that runs through the restrained emotion of ‘Vandals’, while ‘Butcher’s Hook’ will remind long-term fans of what first excited them about the band, marrying the group’s love of sparseness and melody with electronic music, a pulsing house piano line making it the most striking and memorable song on the record. As a way of keeping people interested in one of the UK’s most exciting new bands, ‘Carter’ works perfectly. Now we wait for the album.