Revelations Part II: The Black EP - William Control
William Control’s 'Neuromantic Movement' is now in full swing with the release of Revelations Part II: The Black EP. The new album by Control and his band has already seen the release of The Pale EP, and still has two final instalments left, with Red and White awaiting future release.
The Black kicks off with a surprising sound for Control. While "Analog Flesh in a Digital World" stays within Control’s lyrical themes, the sound is far more upbeat, in sound and atmosphere. The track is lead by a vibrant and bouncy synth part. Live, Control is very energetic on stage, and I can only see this amplifying his onstage antics; it’d make even the moodiest of goths want to dance and also makes for an awesome club track. The sombre inspiration Control has drawn from Joy Division has melted away, and this song echoes New Order brilliantly. The song features a superb hook that you’ll be singing to yourself for days, and to top off, what I’d say is the EP’s stronger track, Control doesn’t disappoint with his - as always - superb lyrical craft.
Slower and softer bass synth and drum machine-driven "All I Need" follows; another great example of Control’s brand of synthpop, the song has a throwback feel to the eighties, whilst incorporating a polished modern tone, and of course Control’s lyrical brilliance shines through. I’ve grown fond of the moodiness of Control’s music, yet here we have two songs that show the electronic outfit can make radiant tracks you can dance to with ease: a sign of a great writer.
"Knife Play" again sees the tempo slow, yet there’s still something about the track that makes me want to sway alongside the music. A perfect take on a modern synthpop track, here we see Control’s sexual and sensual side that he’s displayed over various releases already come out to play. The music Control sings over subtly oozes the sexuality of the track, echoing his lyrics perfectly. And while I can’t imagine it being a club hit, it works fittingly for pole dancers to use., what with its erotic tone musically and lyrically.
"Velvet Rose" is a style of song Control has tackled before, a mainly piano centric, emotional track. Personally I feel it’s great to see the style added to the mix on a very synthpop and dancey record. This is William Control stripped back and bare-boned. As well as his piano playing, the song also relies heavily on Controls vocal capabilities, with him treating us to his wonderful yet forlorn tone to close out his latest release. After half of Control’s latest project I can safely say, Control is headed for bigger and better things. The tone and sheen of the two last EP’s have shown a maturer side to Control’s art and can’t wait to see where he goes for the final instalments of Revelations.