Our world is a complex one. It produces an endless stream of mostly useless information which only makes us, the inhabitants, more and more confused. What we are looking for is some kind of meaning hidden somewhere behind the countless celebrity selfies and pointless listicles trying to lump everyone together. A good thing, then, that some of us have ceased to call that progress and are looking for ways to break away. It’s this kind of post-modern vibe that I get from iiah’s debut self-titled EP.
The theme of being lost is prevalent in Tim Day’s (lead singer) lyricism. With his soft, yet powerful voice he introduces the listener to the silent anger and despair in his mind. His words express some sort of helplessness merged with a deep need to change, which is depicted perfectly in the cover art. Day crafts an image of a person who, in need of some meaning, submerges themselves in hedonist pleasures which, in the long run, only bring destruction and regret. The chorus in Sarah, sung in a sad-pop manner, kind of reminds me of the theme of Son Lux’s Easy – we have this overwhelming feeling of loss and a bunch of faulty ways to deal with it.
RELEASE DATE: 17 July 2015 LABEL: Self-released
iiah describe their music as a result of their inspirations that range from Sigur Rós to The National. It’s kind of a broad field of music for an EP, but the Australian four-piece have found a way to merge The National’s chamber pop with Sigur Rós’s loudness and emotionalism (and everyone’s favorite bow on guitar thing). Every sound on this album seems to be carefully chosen as if it was waiting to be put in a certain place in a song. Floating guitars are built on the foundations of a massive rhythmic section, but it is Day’s melodic voice that really makes you distinguish between certain parts of songs. Meanwhile, the production method puts vocals before anything else, making the instrumental effort quite cloudy. Quite a shame, because every person involved with iiah has a wonderful story to tell.
Lately, Australia has produced many great indie bands or performers with the likes of Tame Impala, Chet Faker, sleepmakeswaves, and Flume. iiah, at this place in time, may be more of a local novelty than a must-have for summer festivals, but if understood as a starting point, their debut EP could take them places.