Mix together synthesisers and a husky voice, add in a pretentious, incomprehensible name and you're pretty much guaranteed a surefire alternative success. Step forward When Saints Go Machine. Despite being around for a few years this EP seems to be the band's first official release; other than this, the Danish band is shrouded in a cloud of mystery. And this lack of identity has unfortunately crossed over into their music.

It is difficult to categorise this band because of their mash up of influences of indie, electronic and even urban. Fail Forever is definitely reminiscent of our favourite indie and electronic bands. From the outset of the EP, Fail Forever displays a convincing likeness to Yeasayer and Metronomy, a hybrid of a funky, upbeat, electronic vibe, although I don't feel they have the same appeal, and quality of sound. 'Pick Up Your Tears And Run' reflects this, in its alarming change in sound. This is more subtle with its harmonising and cheerful melody, but perhaps jumps a little too easily onto the commercial folk bandwagon. The delicate, underdeveloped vocals are quite minimalistic and eerie with the layering of sounds and voices, but I just can't help but think of The XX. It is refreshing to hear these different sounds together, but originality seems to be missing throughout this EP.

'Pinned' is eerie and atmospheric, yet still quite dancey, and clubby, most certainly appealing to the Shoreditch trendies. And 'You Or The Gang' follows in the same vein, in its use of strings, building up atmosphere and tension, and breaking down, reminiscent of the dubstep genre. This is quite hard, and upbeat, and then is strangely followed with something darker, slower and deeper - the album ender 'Greys & Blues'. It completely plays its part reflecting its name, and drawing the EP to a close, or rather, an abrupt end.

You can't deny that When Saints Go Machine are making decent music, but they just seem to get lost in trying to please too many genres. Musically the EP is good, but lack of identity and a concept is difficult to warm to.

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