EP: Seven Lions – The Throes Of Winter

Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Label: Casablanca Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sevenlions
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Emerging from the sunny climes of Santa Barbra, California, Seven Lions is the alias of DJ Jeff Montavlo, who first gained attention from his remix of fellow dance act Above And Beyond‘s ‘You Got To Go’. This is the fourth release from Montavlo under the Seven Lions name and is the first of two EPs expected to hit us this year.

As the slick beats of the opening track ‘The End’ drop after the build-up the synths explode with EDMness, the groove of the synthetic bass is undeniably cool. When the vocals kick in from singer Haliene, the whole song bursts into a potential chart-hit with the hook laden melody and commercial dance/EDM sounds. As you would imagine, all the songs on this EP (bar the first and last tracks which are purely instrumental) each have a different guest singer following the current trend that most, if not all, DJs abide to these days.

‘Lose Myself’ features Lynn Gunn from alternative rock outfit PVRIS, which makes sense since Gunn and PVRIS have tinges of dance music in their material. The track features Gunn‘s powerful vocal performance behind an impenetrable wall of synths and reverb seeped piano, until the bass drops turning it into a unstoppable force of toe-tapping beats.

Mixing it up with the AFI frontman Davey Havok on ‘December’. His brooding, bassy vocals are the total opposite to the previous two guest singers on the tracks prior, and give a whole new atmosphere. Switiching from a softer verse into the cacophony of extravagant noises and electronic stutters, ‘December’ is definitely the rawest sounding track on ‘The Thrones Of Winter’, and arguably the most enjoyable too.

‘A Wave To Say Goodbye’, which features solo artist Sombear, is packed with sun drenched beats and cascading synth lines that just cry out to be listened to at a beach party somewhere on the coast of America, and something that could easily make a dent into the global Top 40 charts.

This EP is as enjoyable as dance music can be, even giving rock fans a reason to listen with the spots from Davey Havok and Lynn Gunn, but it struggles to make much in the way of innovation in this genre, which is one that’s being flogged all over the place.

Written by Ewan MacDonald