The Black EP is the second installment of the four part ‘Revelations’ album series from revolutionary electro-goth figurehead ‘William Control’. The Black EP picks up where The Pale EP left off, seeing a continued level of brilliant lyrical craftsmanship and sultry dark energy that put it to the top of the Billboard Dance/ Electronic Chart, along with the Heatseekers Chart.
The Black EP begins with a soft rising synth melody, creeping behind William’s low and vampiric voice in the form of ‘Analogue Flesh In a Digital World’. Soft kicks and hats join the synth elements, forming a good level of suspense factor while allowing the focus to remain on William‘s voice. Bring in the chorus and we’re treated to a chanty and engaging refrain that you really can’t help but tap your foot to. This song captures and sets the standard for the rest of the EP. Most impressively though, Analogue Flesh In a Digital World features a lot of delicate electronic elements that compliment the dark nature of William‘s voice without overpowering or stealing focus, a balance that I believe a lot of darker electronic acts are often guilty of being unable to achieve.
The EP then progresses through to ‘All I Need’, another smoky dance number with eerie and well presented lyrics, laid across a percussive bassline and a captivating synth structure. The chorus is so highly infectious that it’s almost impossible not to learn, even with only one playthrough (although, you’ll definitely want to hit that replay button).
There’s an essence of dark seductiveness throughout the entire EP and I stand by the term ‘vampiric’. Knife Play is probably the epitome of this attitude with a slower drum tempo, creeping in with an inquisitive and seriously catchy synth riff. William Control’s dark lyrical elements dance across the song without stumbling and truly capture the passion behind the balance of power and submission that comes with terms like ‘knife play’ and ‘falling in love with a slave’.
The final track, dubbed ‘Velvet Rose’ is a massive change in direction from the previous dancey synth tunes of the EP, shifting the mood from dark and sexy to empathetic and melancholic. A beautiful piano riff and delicate pulsing string motifs form the perfect pedestal for the pained vocal elements to perform upon. A really good and enchanting song, albeit very different in both mood and signature from the rest of the release; perhaps an insight to the theme of the chapter in the Revelations series?
All in all, a highly recommended listen, regardless of whether you are a patron of the gothic-electronic style or have yet to connect with the genre. A unique and engaging EP with captivating lyrics and a dance-floor-defining rhythm, with a more serious twist to the end.
Dance-floor-defining rhythms meet with seductive, smoky vocal elements that captivate and engage. Well worth a listen.