Sir-Vere’s energy is a living, breathing, electric one that feels instantly classic on the beat centric acid soaked “Singulus”. The styles employed are a pure joy to behold for his album radiates an exhilarating energy. Drum kicks, snares, and more skitter on through at a breakneck pace. Immersed in a mixture of electroclash, acid techno, house, rock, EDM and more there is a communal quality to the work. With just the right level of mysterious vocals adorning the mix the sound deserves to be played as loudly as possible. Over the course of the album, there is a live presence to the work, as if you can literally feel the walls vibrate with the incredibly intense sound.
The album features a truly eclectic mixture of different sounds into the fray. One of the surprising and satisfyingly sweet comparisons comes from the anthemic techno-rock ethos of Underworld. Akin to their worldview, Sir-Vere incorporates more than a little bit of darkness, giving the sound a heavy communal presence to it. For, despite being electronic, there is something quite alive about how they pull it all together. Going further into the industrial scope, the nods to Nine Inch Nails at their peak feels undeniable. Beats are truly let loose and the resulting production has a hint of perfectionism about it, with every element in its right place. On the more recent kick of things, lessons learned from LCD Soundsystem as well as James Murphy’s DFA Records plays an essential part of the expansive scope.
“Hunger (Album Version)” opens the album up on an expressive note, with the big beat style bringing a bit of the Chemical Brothers’ fondness for massive sound into focus. With a distinct gothic ethos comes the coldwave ethos of “Re:birth”. Hyperactivity with a geometric approach “All You Ever Do” has a defiance to it. Going deep into the red is the distorted groove of “Masquerade”. The New Beat sleaze of “Lips, Pt. 1” has a true decadence to it. Synthesizer stabs with a punk ethos are merged together in the chaotic “My Mind”. Layer upon layer dazzles on the bright bursts of “Do You Love Me (Anymore)”. A retro tropical flavor informs the dazed “Extra Beat In My Heart”.
On “Beneath My Skin” things have a righteous aspect to them, with the rolling rhythm absolutely hypnotic. Pure physicality prevails on the tactile “You Me & The Continuum (Drummatics)” which disorients in its cyclical nature. For the original “Hunger” the song offers a tenser, more dramatic quality. Spaced-out and completely endless is the pulse of “Hunger (Vodzilla remix)”. Stripped down to the essentials is the cinematic Nopez remix of “Hunger”. Neatly bringing the whole thing to a close is the Portishead-like noir of “Do You Love Me”.
A true and complete blast of an experience, Sir-Vere’s “Singulus” has an anthemic, arena-like presence to their performance.