When I began playing Sixth June’s Back For A Day, a smile crept across my face. At last, an 80s inspired synthpop/electro band that isn’t ridiculously cheesy and has a darker and grittier edge to it; however that smile soon turned into a wince and eventually, I wound up looking not to dissimilar to the figure in Picasso’s ‘The Scream’. I may be being slightly overdramatic (studied acting for a large part of my life, so it’s not out of the question), but, on the other hand, after listening again, I don’t think I am.

So, if that first paragraph hasn’t sparked some thought - or reaction - within you, then you’re either a robot, or, you sincerely don’t care (which is alright; I’m perfectly content as long as I’m not being hunted down by an angry mob, with pitchforks and lit torches in hand).

For the first time in a while, I’m actually frustrated because this EP could have been incredible, but instead it’s just alright/good. The title track 'Back For A Day' made me want to dance and cry simultaneously. The instrumental is absolutely fabulous. The simple drum beat really keeps the song driving along and is thoroughly complimented by the arpeggiated synth (which is barely discernible, but is placed just right in the mix) and repetitive, Techno/House-esque synth - which ‘beefs up’ the bass-line. The vocals, however, are a different story. I know a large number of electronic bands (such as Goose, Angels and Agony, Crystal Castles, etc.), like the vocals to be “raw”, but these are so far beyond raw, that ‘raw’ is just a mere spec on the horizon. There may be a handful of notes that are correct; but alas, they can’t compensate for the bashing my eardrum and cochlea have received.

If I try to tear myself away from the vocals again, then it is fair to say that Back for A Day has been mastered brilliantly. No one component is too overpowering and I find the music is incredibly exciting to listen to - my head’s been bobbing like a Churchill nodding dog, each and every time I’ve played the EP.

All in all, I’m irritated that a band, that clearly have so much pizzazz and potential, have used such naff vocals on four out of five tracks; in turn, making what could have been a really spectacular release, just a good one, with flashes of brilliance.

If you wish to get a flavour of this European duo, I strongly recommend that you listen to '82'. It’s a hugely funky track, and for some reason, I keep imagining John Travolta’s 'Greased Lightning' dance whenever I listen to it (maybe that’s part of the appeal to me; who knows).

Now, please excuse me while I listen to every single Kitsuné release, consecutively. I may be some time.

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