Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from their massive electro-rock opus, We Were Exploding Anyway (which notably featured a guest appearance from Robert Smith of The Cure), Sheffield's 65daysofstatic return with a set of seven new tracks. This somewhat ample EP (there's over half-an-hour of new music here) arrives barely six months on from the album's release but the material shows no signs of sounding like leftovers. Having said that, strictly speaking opening cut 'Tiger Girl (Wishful Thinking Edit)' is an alternate version of an album track, whittled down to a snappy three-minuter from a ten-minute original. Still, from there onwards the new material sounds every bit as strong as that found on the long-player, with trance-tinted post-rock number 'Sawtooth Rising' and the warped drum & bass of 'Beats Like A Helix' representing some of the band's most electronic outings to date. Dismantling this more raucous aesthetic, 'Pacify' is a cleaner sounding affair that lets its guitars soar, and similarly organic, 'PX3' is all the better for going easy on the circuitry. Best is saved until last: ten-minute closing track 'Guitar Cascades' is spectacularly good, crossing over into that melodic yet noise-blurting, Fuck Buttons-like territory this band occasionally stumble into.