EP Review

Brendon John Warner dazzles the ears with new EP | La Fonte *PREMIERE*

Brendon John Warner is an Australian musician and this is his debut EP, La Fonte. Now, EPs are generally quite concise releases that generally don’t stray too far from the solid ten to twenty minute mark, but La Fonte is different. It’s an EP that focuses on our planet and the arrival of climate change and the struggle to prevent the ice caps from melting, and it does this in a way that’s completely natural, organic and…beautiful, basically.

La Fonte is an EP that forgoes the formulaic nature of track one, track two etc and showcases five songs that seemingly blend together to produce a sound that dabbles in creating some wonderful soundscapes. From the opening track ‘édifier’, it’s clear that Warner allows his material to grow and explore at their own pace without cutting things too short or putting an end to any potential natural endings. I love the twinkling synths heard throughout this track, and the way that it seems to grab my attention despite nearing ten minutes of life. It sets you up nicely for the mammoth twenty two minutes of ‘sentinelles’ which also has this ability to take your breath away.

It’s an EP that transcends any genre and freely explores each direction with a patience that’s not heard in other releases these days. It blends together electronica and classical elements and experiments it enough to really keep it sounding refreshed and gorgeous throughout. I don’t really know how I could compare it as it truly is it’s own being. There’s nothing else quite like it, and it’s certainly one of the most original EPs I’ve heard this year.

La Fonte is a perfectly crafted listen that illustrates the relationships and strains that come with humanity and Earth, ecology and economy. It’s been a pleasure to premiere it to your ears today. Also, how great would it be to hear this against David Attenborough’s voice? Make it happen.

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