After their first EP This Could Be a Bridge, which caught the attention of tastemakers such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Dummy and The Line Of Best Fit, Post Louis are now back with Uptight EP.
In the 9 months since that release, the band completely reconstructed: though Robbie Stern (guitar and ancient formerly Cajun Dance Party) and Stephanie Davin (vocals) remain as songwriters, Post Louis now includes six members.
The EP was recorded and produced by Robbie and Stephanie at home, just like the last one. Uptight aims to exploit and explore the tension between the power of playing in a big live band and the intimacy of home recording. Robbie recorded almost all of the instruments trying to imagine/emulate the sound of the six piece group.
This is a confident, coherent release; lyrically, in the first EP, vulnerability was in the foreground. Now that vulnerability is tempered with a stronger sense of self-possession. There is even some righteous anger and mockery directed towards the imagined characters
The four original tracks, while different in mood, share refined production and sensitive musical storytelling.
The rhythm of the lead track 'Fragility' grabs you from the start: interlocked layers and bright vocals that gradually coalesce as the song builds
'Faculty' is a beautifully crafted song, showing Robbie's ability to craft a stunning mystical soundscape
'Uptight' is Post Louis at their finest, offering a subtle interplay between vocal melodies and an instrumental that takes unexpected directions.
Closing the EP is the melancholic 'Book Your Skin' described by Interview Magazine as "darkly beautiful, if a little unsettling".
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