Breton – Blanket Rule EP

It’s difficult to pin Breton down. As far as pigeonholing them to one particular genre is concerned there’s no hope, from house beats to guitar riffs, they’re about as eclectic as it gets. Equally challenging however is putting your finger on exactly what it is that makes them so alluring, somehow it all just works.  

As if the music wasn’t enough Breton or BretonLABS as the collective tends to be termed, indulge in visuals just as much as the they do audio, their live shows as memorable for the backdrop of self-shot videos and graphics as it is the music itself. “Blanket Rule” is the latest offering from the audio arm, an EP currently available for free download on their soundcloud. Perhaps the most exciting part of this is that it consists solely of B-sides from LP “Other People’s Problems” due for release March 26th, and it’s more than good enough to be taken as an EP in its own right. So from this point on we shall quell the quickening of the pulse that such promising news inspires and treat it as such.

“Ordnance Survey” opens up with aforementioned house beat, all high hats and echoing resonance, the layers building to a point that seems sure to be topped of with a splash of  dutch reverb. How wrong. Instead it’s ardent riffs that kick in alongside imposing vocals straight out of the alt rock spectrum. Just in case there was a danger of the track settling into anything more than a fleeting spectre of one particular genre there’s the addition of tropical steel pans, which provide a gloriously contrasting backdrop . As if that wasn’t enough the tropics are quickly followed by the addition of the sort of euphoric dance beat that was alluded to 3 minutes back, before the track then melts to a close. “Certain Little Facts” is perhaps a little easier to file in the minimalist electronica section. Opening with a crackling excerpt of a recording before settling into a mellow, albeit evolving beat that see’s the piece fade away in no time. “How Can They Tell” is an impressive display of vocal manipulation and atmosphere. There’s an almost hypnotic quality to the distorted sonics that incorporate ominous piano, gorgeously produced percussion and a guitar line straight out of Tokyo Police Club record. “Sandpaper” would get Mario moving, it would appear that the Italian plumber’s soundtrack has joined the kazoo as musical influences plucked from childhood naivety and transformed into something far more eerie and complex, “Why are we mortified?” Why indeed? Especially considering that there’s a bonus track tagged onto the end of the EP in the form of “The Well” with yet more electronic juddering accompanying the deliciously warped vocals that are so unquestionably Breton.

Have a listen to “Blanket Rule” below, and if (read when) you like it, head to Facebook to download, and be sure to check back in March for news on “Other People’s Problems”.