Halifax‘s Special Costello, who we last heard from on 2015 EP SOFT/TRON, which featured the brilliant long-form crooner “Losing Ground”, is back with a new EP, and it’s yet another step up for the solo melancholy electronic popster.
Starting with the uptempo but not upbeat “September Rain”, the song quickly establishes that the Strange Beauty EP will be Jeremy Costello’s poppiest release to date. But the title track is a direct contrast to the opener, a dark ballad whose direct lyrics and delivery make for one of the year’s most beautiful slow jams. After “Collateral”, a stellar frantic electro-post-punk track, the record takes an experimental turn, closing with a lovely ten-minute ambient piece, “Staycation”.
It’s on of the finest EPs you’ll hear this year, and we’re eagerly awaiting whatever Special Costello has next in store for us. Strange Beauty is available now from Bandcamp.