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There's something about Evelyn Jane Mason's voice that is equally as spooky as it is thrillingly beautiful. It flutters around like a caged bat trying desperately to break free, but has moments when it also has a vintage Hollywood songstress vibe. It is neither one thing or another, but is always entrancing and intriguing.

It's been a long time since February 2012's 12" via King Deluxe, but it has been worth the wait. With the release of the Closer EP comes four tracks of experimental R&B that will drive themselves into your weary heart, latch onto the heart strings and leave you helpless in the face of the blissful encounter you have just had.

Although the duo, made up of Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein, profess to having a distinctly West Coast Canada style, there is something in their music that seems deeply inspired by the UK. It's got the grit and attitude that is normally present in British music, that deep driving bass pulling the whole thing along. It also brings to mind FKA Twigs in its experimental electronic style and the way certain parts of the texture sound clipped together. Yet, it is always Mason's voice that takes centre stage and the way it floats above the synths and beats.

'Closer' itself is an incredibly sensual track, with continued references to the senses, both seeing and touching, as Mason gasps "You could always be even closer/ You should just go it." The way the synths bend under her vocals create an atmosphere that is nothing short of mesmerising. It swells in a pit of passion and tantalising, although slightly tentative, seduction.

You also can't help but hear some of Portishead's influence firing away in the background at points in this EP, in its discordance and beauty in unconventional melodies, particularly in 'Nothing So Great'. It is glorious in all the ways that it stands unique and the way it describes the dark aftermath of sex.

Closer is an EP that has been moulded together by clever production and immaculate attention to detail, just take 'Sosoft' and the way the layered vocals echo and pan through the speakers, that has an ultimately haunting effect, that is also subtly seductive in its delivery. The songs also complement one another and seem to be well thought out in how they follow one another, ending with 'Worry Heart' which is by far the most conventional song driven by catchy, yet understated, pop hooks.

It's a bit of a shame that has taken so long for this EP to come about, and one can only hope that the follow up will not take as long to come our way, as these tracks seems to point in all the right directions and pave the way to even more to come. It must be said that a more extensive collection of songs, like, say, an album, would now be much appreciated.

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