Some of you may remember us featuring the debut single from Erika Spring last year. '6 More Weeks' was a beautifully constructed, joyful pop song that was a strong first outing for Spring as a solo artist. Having had formidable success as one-third of Au Revoir Simone, a Brooklyn based dream-pop outfit playing upbeat keyboard-based electronic music, Spring returns with the launch of her self-titled debut solo EP.
The EP was produced by Jorge Elbrecht of Violens who has done a good job of capturing Erika's airy sound. 'Hidden' is a perfect example of her breathy voice weaving itself over a synth-pop backing of padded drums and glitchy keyboard samples. The video for the song features a rather bizarre modern dance routine which won't be everyones cup of tea, ending with Spring climbing into a cardboard house half naked.
Elsewhere on the EP, 'When Tomorrow Comes' opens with an organ playing chords not a million miles away from Ko Ko's 'So Strange' before an 80's infused bass line comes in and takes the track in a Don Henley inspired direction, all the while Spring's delicate vocal, rich in reverb, draws the listener in to her dream-like world.
Overall, the 5-track EP has a very nice sound to it, but as with '6 More Weeks', I'm not sure how much it will grow her existing fan base. After a couple of listens, all of the tracks sound quite similar and I wonder how well it will stand the test of time. Stream it below in full to find out for yourself.
The 'Erika Spring' EP is out now through Cascine as a digital download and 12" vinyl. Find more info at Facebook.