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After the success of their critically acclaimed debut album More Than Any Other Day, released earlier this year, Ought got straight back into the recording studio. Not being ones to hang about, they have returned with another stellar dose of post-punk fury and delight in the shape of Once More With Feeling. Whereas most bands would milk the success of their debut album for all they could, Ought seem to have an endless ability to keep on creating.

The 4 track EP clocks in at 24 minutes, and shows how attitude can be found in simplicity. It broods, it shrieks, and, most importantly, it possesses power. Each track strikes you right in the heart, digs its nails into the part where you can feel it strongest and pulls you into its grasp with one almighty surge of emotion.

The extraordinary opening 'Pill' is a slow-moving, brooding piece of work that gets stretched as far as possible, constantly teasing a climax, but not quite giving in as it holds on to build tension over extensive repetition. Like a butterfly from the chrysalis, it takes time to form, but once it erupts from its shell, it is mesmerising and euphoric in equal measure. Even upon its first listen, it's a track you feel you've known forever, as there's something instantly familiar about it. It's like something from your dad's old vinyl collection that you are really, really pleased you stumbled across, or like something John Peel would have loved.

There's a pure, kinetic energy that permeates through the EP with an almost live experience about it. The directness that simmers through 'New Calm Part 2' captures your attention and transforms the scenery around you. You can feel the sweat dripping down your back as you try to keep up with the deranged 'duh duh duh's and throw your body around in time with the crowd surrounding you whilst the band smash and crash away. Except you're not at a gig, you're in your bedroom, or on a train with your headphones on. That is the transformative power of this EP, it re-paints the surroundings through its relentless energy and striving ambition to represent feelings.

It challenges the listener with its experimentation and the huge improvisatory section 'New Calm Part 3', that creeps and spins a web around your thoughts whilst lead singer Tim Beeler drawls, "I am held down/ I am not held down/ For example, in my sleep I often fly" that whirl around the periphery. Fortunately, the testing experimentation on the EP is perfectly balanced by the more conventional tracks, and your patience is steadily rewarded. Ought cleverly give themselves room to experiment, because they also create more accessible tracks, as 'Waiting' has that same familiarity that 'Pill' possesses, more brightness in its interweaving guitar riffs and repetitive choruses.

Their sound is not clean, but an honest cacophony of expressive, post-punk energy and noise, whereupon Beeler's vocals pulsate with feeling as he brings the emotion right up from the centre of his being. Ultimately, Ought have created an EP that does not draw attention away from their debut album, but instead builds on it, driving their intensity forward and reaching further outwards for raw emotion and energy.

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