Semi Precious – When We Talk EP
Semi Precious is the production moniker of South East London based musician Guy Baron whose self titled debut release appeared last September and was well-received by the likes of The Guardian (“a six track EP of subtly dislocating beauty”), DIY (“gloomy intimacy in the midst of a big experimentation binge”) and The Line of Best Fit (“unique mixture of techniques and stunning vocals that create mesmerising, unforgettable pop”). This first release came courtesy of the Squareglass label collective of which Semi Precious is a founding member. For this second outing Squareglass have joined with NX Records (the burgeoning label from Matthew Herbert and Goldsmiths University) to release a new EP on limited 7” vinyl and across digital platforms with distribution from Caroline International.
The ‘When We Talk EP’ takes Semi Precious’ reverb laden minimalist vocal and production style to an even more ethereal place of solitude. A self confessed architect of ‘bedroom pop’, Semi Precious explores ideas of false intimacy and longing through this short collection of brief explorations in celestial pop. The cornerstones of the EP are the opener from which the EP takes its names and the ensuing track Framing Words, both seductive and modest in delivery but with melody that haunts you for days.
The EP conjures fragments of thoughts like a series of reflections. Individual moments put under the microscope, suspended in time. Lyrically it holds ideas of unfulfilled desire, reserved conversation: the avoidance of the elephant in the room. These notions play out musically through isolated fractions of rhythm and manipulated samples that culminates in a feel that is both strikingly modern yet entirely familiar, like nostalgia for a time wholly constructed by the listener.