“ influences as diverse as they are well calibrated. Between indies of English origin, psychedelic music and some hints of jazz” - VICE
“A young quartet with a funky indie sound accompanied by an enchanting voice; Soul references can also be felt, as well as those folk references over which the psychedelic spirit of the 60s and 70s hovers..” - Rolling Stone
“An otherworldly gem, it's difficult to place, at once an instant curiosity yet containing numerous depths.” - CLASH
The moment we’ve been carefully awaiting has finally arrived. After three sensational single releases, spanning across nine weeks, the time has come for the remaining pieces of the puzzle to fall into place, forming a rather magnificent musical masterpiece. Eclectic Italian quartet Eugenia Post Meridiem are ready to reveal their sophomore full-length record, the gloriously kaleidoscopic, dazzling celebration of sound like i need tension is available everywhere now.
Demonstrated over eight tracks, the all encompassing, musical odyssey, like i need tension features initial single ‘willpower’; which burst across our radar with lashings of personality, and became the introduction to the now familiar Indie outfit. Next up was the punchy and fearless ‘around my neck’ and last but by no means least came the intriguing, alluring ‘whisper’, the calm before the sophomore album storm.
Gifted with a further five previously unheard gems, listeners certainly have plenty to sink their teeth into. With focus track ‘crucial spring’ traversing the spectrums of shadow, the progressive and percussive ‘unchained will’, the slow voluminous ballad ‘ocean flows’ and the infectious, chaotic energy of ‘tiny perspectives’ and ‘mazes of gazes’. Oozing with iridescence, flavour and texture, there’s something to suit all manners of music fans.
Completed over a span of two years plus a two week post-lockdown writing and recording stint, it was then that like i need tension truly came to life in a small converted barn near the village of Montaldo Bormida, in northern Italy. “It was a totally collaborative process… All the composing was done together, right there in the room.” and thus, like i need tension was born.
“Tension is a powerful force. It drives things forwards, its friction producing interesting and unexpected results. Above all, it fuels creativity, inspiring and focusing in equal measure.”
Such togetherness and chemistry as a band truly shines through across the eight track project. There's a bold, fearless tenacity to experiment and to go against the tide as each track is filled with quality, curiosity and ingenuity. With purpose and intention studded throughout, like need tension is as poetic and reflective as it is meditative and utterly transcendent.
Placing its roots somewhere in the mystical universe of Hiatus Kaiyote, Christine and the Queens, PYJÆN and Tame Impala. Eugenia Post Meridiem’s sound holds an intrinsic synergy, refreshingly intangible, allowing space for the listener's own interpretation and understanding.
The depth they venture as a collective rewards those who journey beyond the initial passive listening. With technical structures, composition and developed time signatures just waiting to be unearthed, depicted and understood, Eugenia Post Meridiem offer a treasure trove for the adventurous and devoted musical palate yet still remain accessible and incredibly generous to all those who decide to listen.
“And so it is that all eight tracks hang together beautifully, linked not by some overarching concept or narrative, but simply a band exploring their talent and the vast space afforded by an open-minded approach.”
Crucial Spring: “This song is clearly divided into two parts: the tension and the tendency towards fragmentation is evident here as well. These two parts are however internally highly compact and coherent. The whole song is built on the contrast of atmospheres and meanings they create, opposing and complementing each other. The first half is night, that rest and shelter, that sickness, that concealment, that closure, that great winter someone has longed for, like a great need and secret, a great promise made in her/his childhood. This darkness rests in a cocoon, but soon blows up right in the middle of the song, when a wide open door turns everything upside down. Clear, airy sounds can now take you on a liberating sprint into an unprecedented warmth, into a return of sight. This crucial sight brings into view only what makes us necessary to the world. Then we see the world that is necessary to us.” - Eugenia Post Meridiem