Premiere: Looking Svelte – Evolve


If you’ve been at least moderately au fait with the Irish alternative scene over the last few years, the name Ryan Burrowes is likely to ring a bell. From his work as main-man in Banbridge purveyors of scuzzy post-hardcore noise, Abandcalledboy, up until his recent membership in Belfast’s Robocobra Quartet, he’s tread a busy, involved path that’s always hinted at some autonomous experimentation bubbling beneath the surface.

Serving as confirmation of that suspicion, his new-fangled, solo moniker Looking Svelte is a self-proclaimed pop project that will yield self-produced debut EP, Gelatine, this Friday (February 17). Featuring the influence of Triphop, noise and 80s Synthpop, it makes for a decidedly eclectic traipse through Burrowes mind as a producer disinterested in fencing himself in as one thing or another.

Honing warped vocal streams with bubbling textures and jittery rhythms, the submersed glitch-pop of lead single ‘Evolve’ makes for a breezy opening three-minutes that still manages to challenge despite the chill. Have a first to that below.

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