Lindo M brings a whole lot of varied perspective to the fore in his latest EP. Freshly dropped and boasting a wealth of genre and thematic scope, Four of Wands serves as the second release in a trilogy of EPs, the first of which, Three Of Swords, dropped back in 2021.
Hinging on a medley of rock, pop, disco, and drum and bass, the EP finds its melodic feet straddling the line between familiarly soothing acoustics and rousing, anthemic electronics. And in contrast to Three of Swords, which gravitated around the more morose and introspective themes of grief, abandonment and eventual forgiveness, Four of Wands keeps things lively.
Opener “Fall” kicks off on mild acoustics before dropping into pillowy synths part way through. It’s a cutesy little love song, replete in reminders that he “will break your fall” and pivoted between layered drum rhythm and restrained electronics alike.
“Dance With Me” is a shameless ode to the boogie, navigating a subdued R&B croon which swiftly gives way to a funk-infused beat – while “The Man” serves as sly middle finger to, well, the man, peeling back the societal constructs which set us back, one pulsing electro beat at a time.
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Then there’s closer “The Matador”, which dropped late last year and is, perhaps the most impressive track on his repertoire. A half-acoustic intro lapses into a bulbous synth conversation on self-deprecation and the idea that a soft shell can, too, weather the storms life throws at you.
It’s punchy, polished and entirely poignant – wrapped in a gauzy, energy-fuelled exterior that brings expert balance to the EP as a whole.
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