I Like Trains, or iLiKETRAiNS if you prefer - they mucked around with upper and lower cases long before tUnE-yArDs - are continuing to go against conventional music industry product strategy. After being dropped by their label they had a rethink and created a clever fundraising plan so that they could release their own music, raising the cash for their album by offering fans exclusive deals in return for pledges.

Now, as well as this new EP, they have released their own brand of tea, I Like Tea, which although I'm yet to taste it, I can see that it comes in a beautifully designed tea holder fitting the packaging of the new material. It's a promotional activity that not only underlines their love for tea but also makes the point that their tea is something that can't be downloaded, and wouldn't it be ironic if they made more money out of their tea than their music?

The Sirens EP is a 10” vinyl release comprising two songs from their fine He Who Saw the Deep album, two new songs and a couple of remixes of the title track. The band's name (and indeed all this I Like Tea activity) belies the darkness at the heart of their work. Instead of their historically focused concept albums this newer material sees them look towards a future, but it's not a future where we progress, it's a seemingly apocalyptic future, and we are resigned to it. Just as the sirens in the greek mythology sang the sailors towards their doom, the protaganist in this Sirens is similarly helpless -”This skin full of bones/ offers me no resistance to your charms/ and I am on the rocks”. The song creeps up on you and propels itself along with the urgent drumming, they sound like a band on fire, the brooding bassline and the tense guitar lines, and then the soaring chorus - “You sing to me and I am lost.” It's powerful, thoughtful, dramatic music. David Martin's distinctive baritone delivery has changed slightly from the band's early days. Now he sings with a more reflective, world-weary tone which suits the music perfectly.

New song 'Flood' is slower and more brooding, with string parts and distant echoing percussion leading into the msyterious, cyclical refrain “with the rain came the guilt with the guilt came the blame.” Previous (digital only) single 'A Father's Son' is another great track. It has bass and drums worthy of Joy Division and it's loaded with melancholy and regret, seemingly a message from a deceased father to his son - “pry these words from my cold lips/ home is where the heart is”.

'A Kingdom You Deserve' is exclusive to this release as well, and fits a similar theme to the other tracks, again it's a pretty tune, the band sound great, and lyrically it has that sense of bleakness and inevitably - “from the bridges we burn, the kingdom you deserve.” The remaining two tracks are a bit of a curveball as they are two contrasting remixes of the title track – the first is a dubstep mix (the 48k ReMix) which keeps all the menace and intensity intact, and the second is by Dave DeRose which manages to transform the drum parts into something more trancey and tribal.

Who knew that mournful resignation and impending doom could sound so good?

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