The Underground: Aurora – Vertigo

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Seconds into Vertigo, you’re probably going to be hearing shades of Beach House and perhaps some of The Antler’s more minimal works – but that’s okay. These artists shine through not in terms of mimicry, and their virtues not in terms of theft. Aurora have taken a sound not limited to themselves and run with it (and, as the EP progresses, away from it), and in doing so they’ve taken a familiar sound and made it their own. Vertigo is a quick, sweet, hard-hitting EP.

From the cool, detached singing on “Desaparecer” to the celestial main riff of “Lineas Verticales”, Vertigo is a EP which feels distant and far off. It’s not so much a lack of warmth which comes across on the tracks, but some kind of greater awareness of what the EP itself is about. It’s an album with a great deal of understanding and confidence about itself, and even if the words seem to get lost amidst the songs, it’s easy to appreciate what Vertigo accomplishes.

Coming in at around twenty five minutes, Vertigo is a quick-but-pleseant listen. The EP demonstrates a sound that, while not totally exclusive to Aurora, sounds refined enough to make the band stand out in a sea of imitators. Give the album a listen when you find yourself hungering for some good stargazing music. You hopeless romantics.

Listen to and download (for free!) Vertigo here.

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