Music is simply pouring out of Ed Harcourt right now.
Inspired, the songwriter delivered 'Back Into The Woods' last year before then heading into the studio with Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Now Harcourt has coughed up a standalone EP of remarkable distinction - don't go expecting studio offcuts, this is a dark, neatly formed document with an identity of its own.
Clash writer Gemma Hampson awarded the EP 8/10, remarking that the "six-track mini-album is touched by darkness – it’s distorted, unsettling, untrustworthy almost, like a creepy character lurking in the shadows".
'We All Went Down With The Ship' is a real high point, a work of quite remarkable intensity. Ghosting Season's own Gavin Miller has stepped in on remix duties, and delivered something in keeping with the atmosphere of the original but with a sound and flavour all of its own.
Brooding electronics wrap themselves around Ed Harcourt's voice, which struggles to reach the surface. It's an ominous re-working, one which retains the orchestral flourishes of the original but presents them in a new, utterly intense manner.
Check it out below.