Melbanian Mark Zito, performing under the moniker Fractures, has just released a self-titled EP and considering the outpouring of delectable dream pop from across the pond, it was inevitable that this homegrown gem would make its way to the list of this year’s more memorable transient records.
Fractures‘ fusion of electronic pop rock with nebulous ambience is what impresses the most on Embers. Several of the tracks posses a sedateness that absorbs the listener before the instrumentation builds to a satisfying inclusion of rousing rhythms. The title track is a prime example of this, its guitar patterns melding with the drums and synths to create an irresistible warmth.
‘Won’t Win,’ which is the first official offering from the EP, glows with electronic percussion that recalls Björk circa Vespertine. The elegant digital elements blend seamlessly with Zito’s somber vocals and allow the subsequent crescendo to steal the show all the more.
As the record proceeds, one encounters interesting juxtapositions, like the reassuring sentiments against the mournful piano on ‘It’s Alright’ and the stuttering beat amongst the mellow synths of ‘Twisted’. The inclusion of the Fractures and Andrei Eremin collaboration ‘Ghosts’ also proves a winner with its throbbing bass and ethereal atmosphere.
The careful balancing of dark and light in terms of both writing and arrangement is what makes Fractures so fascinating. The melancholy seduces as the underlying rhythms break though and challenge its brooding essence, making for a thoughtful and intricate effort from a homegrown talent.
Fractures EP is out now through iTunes.