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A new project from David Wrench and Evangeline Ling, audiobooks released their debut EP last month on Heavenly Recordings. “The Gothenburg EP brings together some of the different elements that make up what audiobooks is,” the pair explain. “Taking 4 tracks from the already large body of work we have recorded over the last year.”
Of those four songs is the EP’s title track, ‘Gothenburg’, which was praised by the Observer for its “ghostly vocals and glitchy industrial beats,” and was also selected as one of Pitchfork’s best new tracks. “’Gothenburg’ captures the energy and excitement at the outset of a creative friendship,” David and Evangeline say.
If you’re going to call your band audiobooks, you’d better get your stories straight. Evangeline Ling and David Wrench have great stories. Their songs are full of them - discombobulating observations over discomfiting oscillations. There are woozy fly-on-the-wall accounts of boozy art gallery openings and out of body journeys through the capital at night, all stretched out over stuttering, glitchy glam electronics. Managing to be spontaneous and playful yet fully focused, as if driven by some pagan design, Audiobooks ride the sharp neon ley-lines that run between the north Wales coast and the grubby heart of after-hours London. These songs are Pulp fictions by an inhuman league.
Evangeline studies fine art at Goldsmiths College, working primarily with paint & pencil as seen in the artwork for the Gothenburg EP. David is best known for his work as producer/mixer for Frank Ocean, The xx, Goldfrapp, David Byrne, Caribou, FKA Twigs, and many more artists pushing the boundaries of contemporary pop music.
Listen and watch the video to their debut single 'Gothenburg':