Charlotte Church - 'Four' EP
The former classical singer's most maximalist and crescendo-ridden EP to date
As befits a woman who famously filed a lawsuit to demonstrate her disdain for tabloid muckraking, Charlotte Church has had limited PR fanfare behind the EPs she’s been releasing roughly every six months. Doubtless she could release 40 more and still have sweaty indie dullards view her as a pop-classical reject gatecrashing ‘their’ music, but whatever. These six songs are her most maximalist and crescendo-ridden to date; ‘Entanglement’ carries Dirty Projectors levels of screwy bombast, although it sometimes feels like her band are more invested in sounds than songs. Parts of ‘Four’ expose Church as a relative newcomer to the world of experimental pop – such as superficially Auto-Tuning her vocals on ‘Little Movements’ – but the EP as a whole is certainly more than a curio.
Record label: Alligator Wine
Release date: 10 Mar, 2014