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Review: London’s triage Deliver Lo-Fi Statement Packed with Potential on Debut EP ‘fox hours’

Until now one would have had to ventured across Towns to dimly lit venues; or most recently on a tour bill supporting bar italia to experience a body beyond a single of triage’s music. However, having recently released their debut EP, ‘fox hours’,  it has become possible to peer underneath of the veil, faintly hear behind the shrouded murmurs; belong to their clandestine cohort. 

‘fox hours’ is a promising introduction to the sounds and aesthetics of triage. Their allure lies in their mystery, with minimal digital presence and a musical output that personifies the unknowing. Whispering voices which are tonally soft but have depth, layered in a mirage of innocence, offering something below, unseen and emotionally rich. A plentiful use of reverb and distortion, functioning as clouding mechanisms, a sonic mist guiding the creation of their mysteriousness. 

Their music and experiences and indeed entrance onto the scene are adolescent. Early encounters in failing romances, angrily confronting a lover who cannot recognise their errors (‘daylight robbery’) and the responsibility for self-created mistakes, with lyrics like, “What a mess I made” (‘come n play’). Exemplifying as Felix Guattari remarked that adolescence is, “the entrance to into an extremely troubles interzone where all kinds of possibilities, conflicts and sometimes extremely difficult and dramatic clashes suddenly appear.” Using these experiences, triage found an escape from the teenage trauma through creation and finding self-awareness as heard in the track, ‘fundamentally unmatched’. Where the potency is found in the opposing reflection of delicate delivery and a shouted rhetoric.  

Implementing a variety of sounds and genres, it is evident that triage are in their nascent stage, full of potential but evidently and rightly still in the process of finding their voice. Yet, it is their DIY ethos that comes through in the music, enacting homage to a Lo-Fi, punk slacker tradition; they know their essence and what it is worth – beyond valorisation and content induced suffocation. Creating Lo-Fi music as “a free act of expression”, a righteous act of sabotage (The Great Psychic Outdoors, Enrico Monacelli). Continuing to musically explore their lived experiences through this lens, always assessing the urgency of treatment, the requirement to create in order to be cured. triage will evermore excite and evade, keeping fans eager for more; at least those who are not haters. 

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