SINGLE: Cartwheels In Confined Spaces – Girl Shaped Hole

Release Date: September 5th, 2010
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available


Ever heard of a synthcore/Enter Shikari-esque band called Kikoho Blast who were from Lincoln? Probably not, and if you did it’d most likely be due to the 300 inspired track ‘For Sparta’. One third of that band after their split decided to carry on making music, and so through Michael Pheasant the project Cartwheels In Confined Spaces was born, and his first single ‘Girl Shaped Hole’ is one offering of the fruit of his labours.

Diving us in with a synth note into a more stripped down approach of vocals and acoustic guitar, then adding some subtle extra synth effects in the background and processed drum beats, it’s clear from the beginning a lot of ideas are going off here. The all too familiar dampened autotune effect on the vocals is on play a lot here, along with (if you couldn’t already tell by the song title) emo relationship related lyrics, but once the chorus hook has got you it’ll be hard to shake off.

For just one guy there’s a lot going on here, ideas are bouncing off everywhere possible, and the end product of it all is quite a decent if somewhat conventional electro-pop track. Word is for future releases the one man project will double to two with a rapper, and even this track will be reworked with the new member. It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out.

Written by Zach Redrup