Amateur Dance ‘Talking About Yourself’ EP
People like Joseph Cookson make quite a number of his fellow 20-year olds (ie myself) look ridiculously unaccomplished. Creating music under the name AMATEUR DANCE, the Melbourne dude has proven that working hard truly does pay off, as he’s just about ready to release his Talking About Yourself EP through October Records; you know, the label he also just signed to!
The four-track release opens with ‘Talking About Yourself’. A weightless abundance of electronic waves and vacating beats & samples, the song is anchored with the modest, borderline self-deprecating monologue.
‘Beginner’s Luck’ maintains a similar structure and flow to its predecessor, though is a little more vague and starry-eyed in its demeanour. With a bleaker beat and a disheveled delivery in the vocal tweaking compartment, ‘Beginner’s Luck’ indicates a shapeshift within the EP.
Although a cruisey backdrop, the flustered foreground of ‘Room For Improvement’ sees the Thinking About Yourself EP become a work of mixed-emotions. Introducing female dialogue, it feels as though there’s something not quite okay due to a combination of occurrences; the frenetic pace of the instrumentation and the execution of the line, “Don’t Worry About It” (that I’m 80% sure has been taken from an episode of Black Mirror).
Going back to the way it started, the Talking About Yourself EP returns to its calm and meaningful origin, though this time accomplished with a matured backdrop. It is by this final track that allows you to believe the EP is more than just four songs, it’s been a living entity between four collaborative stories and becomes reminiscent of its own establishment.
Amateur Dance‘s Thinking About Yourself EP will be released via October Records on Friday, 17th October, and will be available to purchase via THIS LINK.
Words by Hannah Galvin.