Notorious for marrying emo lyricism and dark, twisty vibes, seasoned rockstar Kier Kemp takes a step out of the shadows with his once duo but now solo project Inklings to bewitch listeners with his ‘Is This Who You Are?’ EP.
‘Picture This’ is anthemic from the off, with instrumental backings that’d feel giant even in a theatre. There’s a swank to this one that reeks of maroon ballgowns and sultry masquerades, and the true precision of Kemp‘s musical poise paints the track in hues of explosive sophistication.
The typical inky underline infamous throughout the frontman’s discography is found here. However, there’s a new edge to his offerings and maturity bleeds through their frowns. ‘Like It Or Not’ is jarring, all sporadic chords and rich melodies, but Kemp‘s vocals are a liquid gold that melds such depthy subjects with their glorious musical presentation gorgeously.
Though estranged from his prior endeavours with Fearless Vampire Killers, the 31-year-old remains tightly glued to the genres that were the foundations of his career. ‘Is This Who You Are?’ is brutally beautiful, chock full of emo goodness, and conveyed with a grace that can only stem from Kemp‘s deliverance.
Haunting explorations of addiction and introspection, final tracks ‘Dizzy’ and ‘Sertraline’ boast equal parts gloom and glory. The EP as a body of work shines in spite of its intrinsically weary content, and it’s virtually impossible to pick holes in how solid of a release this is.
‘Is This Who You Are?’ is short and tart, and with a title as confronting as this, anything else would’ve been an injustice to the EP’s impact. Not only does it mark the next phase of Inklings‘ existence, this one finds purpose in its oddity and is a surefire funnel to great things.