In anticipation of their debut album Room 414 being released at the start of June, the virtually unknown Ukrainian collective, The Erised, have released their new single, Liar, and as introductions go, it is not too shabby. A group that is comprised of two drum and bass producers and a singer – known simply as Sonya – as well as a smattering of multi-instrumentalists, they are billed as the shock act on record label Med School Music’s roster, a claim that has substance when you measure The Erised up against their labelmates.Featuring for a record label that predominantly promotes drum and bass, The Erised are something of an experimental development for the label’s personality, something that shouldn’t be met with cynicism or scepticism, but rather intrigue. Being completely honest, I’ve no idea how prominent this band are within their homeland, but if Liar is anything to go by then it’s a safe bet to say that over the course of the next twelve months they are likely to gain traction in this country. Their blend of electronic production against the softness that comes from having professional musicians form the makeup of the group, all combines to present a quality in the music that demands attention in its own right.
What will be interesting to see is how the tradition of their current label – or rather their label’s parent-label, Hospital Records – will affect the development of this act’s sound as they continue to grow into themselves. While I have nothing against drum and bass, it would be a crying shame for The Erised to slide into that bracket of music considering they’ve already shown the capability of producing music which, quite frankly, transcends anything d&b can ever achieve. Proof of this can be found on their artist page on Med School Music’s website, with a video showing a performance of Pray, a track that features on Room 414 – it is stunningly good.
Regardless of how things play out for The Erised, focusing on the present and the situation they find themselves in, one that is the envy of any and every band worth spending time listening to; The Erised are on the cusp of breaking out to the general consciousness of the public. Following the release of Room 414 on the third of June, it is highly probable that they will be elevated from their current position to being one of the groups that countless scene blogs hysterically ask, “How do you not know about this band?”.
Words by Sion Ford