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We review the debut EP from Jimbo Wimon – In the Seam

Sometimes it can take a bit of time before a band put together an EP. Usually you’d expect a couple of singles first, or at least one. But that’s not the case for Jimbo Wimon. The Parisian five-piece have come straight out the gate with their debut EP ‘In The Seam’. Consisting of five tracks which each hold their own and give you something to talk about, this band is really trying to grab our attention.

Things open with ‘I Need to Sleep’, an ethereal track of drawn-out, dissonant vocals, and intricate instrumental elements. It very quickly demonstrates the band’s influences, with the group saying they draw inspiration from the likes of Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, and Portishead. This very clear and swiftly shines through.

It moves forward into the darker, heavier mood of ‘Spell of Mine’, which uses the contrast of calm and chaos between verse and chorus to great effect. You start to feel you are really in the thick of the EP by this point. 

However, it’s not long before sounds are switched up again, as the title track ‘In the Seam’ follows.

It starts as what seems like a piano ballad, but eventually evolves with various sounds and an introduction of whispering backing vocals that make it another interesting listen. Towards the end the mix does sound a bit thin and lacks a bit of punch, but the song still manages to hold its own.

The penultimate track of the EP is ‘Opium’. Once again using the juxtaposition of chaos and calm very effectively, and rounds off with a display of entangled melodies that demonstrate the group’s musical talent.

To finish things off we are given the creepy and manic sound of ‘Crowstown’. The final blow of white noise sums up Jimbo Wimon’s effort to try and use the widest range of noises and ideas as they can to twig your ears. It completes a well-rounded and impressive set of tracks that make an impressive debut EP.

As I said, Jimbo Wimon are trying to grab your attention, so why not spare a bit of time and give them some?