If you’re looking for honest, motivational, sharply produced new music; look no further than HAUS‘ latest EP, Say What You Say (SWYS). Released last month via Atlas Artists and produced by Everything Everything’s Alex Robertshaw, the five-track EP is a perfect follow-up to the band’s 2016 self-released singles ‘Blinded’ and ‘Haze’.
Opener ‘Levels’ brims with HAUS’ trademark enthusiasm and confidence. This is reflected in their lyrics about personal growth – “look how far we’ve come, we’ll never be done” – and their energetic bass lines and guitar riffs. Frontman Ashley Mulimba’s vocals take centre stage on slower second track ‘Gave You All’, as he laments wasting vital time on “trying to catch the sparks” left behind by a former flame. Producer Alex Robertshaw clearly understands HAUS’ desire to speak up about moral issues, which is why Mulimba’s vocals are the focus once again on following track ‘Don’t Care Enough’. The clean production allows his voice to soar as he confesses his disappointment in the complacency of modern society.
Title track ‘Say What You Say’ is an exhilarating four minutes of indie-rock that will simultaneously elevate your mood and body. It’s a tune that champions authenticity, and Mulimba’s charismatic vocals coupled with the atmospheric synths and guitar combine to make this the standout track on the EP. The powerful accompanying video makes a valid statement about communities and support networks in the band’s hometown of London, and its images will resonate with you long after the video has finished playing.
Bands like HAUS face the darkest of concepts with enviable self-belief and an unrivalled sense of comradery, and closing track ‘Oblivion’ showcases this. The frenzied guitar and relentless percussion urge you to remember that “everything happens for a reason” and even in the face of adversity; “you are more”. Guided by an expert producer and a strong sense of morality; HAUS’ debut EP SWYS is a record that’s joyfully self-aware, and an excellent addition to your summer 2017 soundtrack.
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