E – “I Want To Feel Good” b/w “Great Light”

E - "I Want To Feel Good" b/w "Great Light"

E – “I Want To Feel Good” b/w “Great Light”

In the rush to exploit the revived and seemingly insatiable lust for vinyl in 12”-sized portions, the forever durable 7” single is currently being squeezed out of its market share again (except of course in the case of releases on Jack White’s Third Man label or for fan-fleecing exclusives, reissues or novelty items on Record Store Day).  But the format still retains its timeless capacity to capture short captivating bursts of creativity in its more bunched-together grooves.  This is something that this new veteran-dominated outfit – featuring Thalia Zedek (Come, Uzi et al.), Jason Sidney Sanford (Neptune) and Alec Tisdale – are clearly celebrating with this divine debut single.

With Zedek and Sanford sharing vocal and guitar duties whilst being underpinned by Tisdale’s polyrhythmic drums, this first release from the succinctly-named E is a highly-addictive calling-card for the freshly-formed trio.  For the A-side of “I Want To Feel Good” the threesome lock into a wiry jerking groove that brings to mind and fuses together the post-punk shards of Gang Of Four, Bush Tetras, Wire and Mission Of Burma into a sublime whole.  The equally enjoyable flipside, “Great Light,” is perhaps more rowdily indie-rock shaped, with its Hüsker Dü-like drums rolls and early-Sonic Youth string-bending and twinning, yet it retains its sibling song’s potent mix of visceral minimalism and artful intellect at its core.  Taken together, these two tracks demand that we take Zedek in particular back into our hearts after overlooking some of her slower-paced solo releases of recent years.

Coupled with its DIY sleeve, this is the kind of 45 that had it been released in a different age might have become a late-’70s Rough Trade classic, a lost ’80s Homestead Records diamond or hailed as a choice early-’90s Sub Pop Singles Club nugget.  As a 2014 release it both masterfully honours a rich sonic pedigree as well as opening the door on a very promising art-rock enterprise.  Don’t blink and miss it; your turntable simply won’t forgive you.

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