“…beautiful…” – The Line Of Best Fit
“…refreshing…” – DIY
“…Exhilarating…” – The 405
The band stepped away from the spotlight, launching themselves into an intense period of creativity. Locked away in their elusive HQ, the SHED, Ex Libras began to play with their sound, planting new creative seeds, nurturing these ideas and slowly but surely new melodies, riffs and beats emerged and entwined like curious, skyward bound branches from Ex Libras’s visionary roots, blossoming into four perfectly formed tracks. The result is their forthcoming EP Woe.
To celebrate the announcement of Woe, Ex Libras have released a lyric video to the EP title track. You can watch it now via the band’s YouTube channel.
Amit Sharma (Guitar / Vocals), Kieran Nagi (Keyboards / Bass) and Ross Kenning (Drums) make their return having honed their sound, which is sharper, more focussed and stronger than before. Four tracks hand picked from their private stash and mixed by Alan Moulder (Slaves, Royal Blood, Nine Inch Nails) to announce to their followers that they are back, and that there is more to come.
Opening track ‘Woe’ is an explosive return to form, the trio creating an almost overwhelming wall of distortion before morphing into an ethereal chorus, all the while Amit’s vocals fluctuating between war cry and lullaby. ‘Leap Of Faith’ and ‘Drive’ showcase Ex Libras’ keen ear for detailed arrangement, with keys, drums and guitar creating intricate counterpoints while Amit’s vocals soar over the top, channeling the likes of Foals and Radiohead, but with a more delicate touch and channelling the electro-classical tones of the Grandbrothers. Fans will recognise EP closer ‘Underachiever’ from the band’s debut album, yet this newly recorded version is stronger, with greater depth and an intense energy.
Ex Libras’ return will be welcome news for the likes of Clash, Q, DIY, The 405, The Line of Best Fit, Drowned in Sound, Prog Magazine, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, XFM’s John Kennedy and Amazing Radio, who were among the band’s early supporters.
Woe is released via Wirebird Records on 16th October 2015.