LUCKLESS: Luckless EP
By Ania Glowacz
Luckless is really anything but. An intimate, sparse, but strong and rich recording centered around the solid female vocal of Ivy Rossiter, semi-acoustic sounding guitar, tambourine and other simple elements that prove highly effective. My Machinery is a particular stand out – simple but feisty (just in the way the guitar is played), along the lines of Portishead or Melbourne’s Paradise Motel. It’s down-to-earth songwriting, avoiding the extremes of fluffy romantic or overly bitter, and is all the more refreshing for it. It’s not rushed either. All original apart from the cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City, which gives you an indication of where this 5-track EP is at – a simple, stripped back approach to songwriting. Recorded to 4-track in a one week period it’s a refreshing gem. We don’t really have enough of this type of sound in this saturated digital age. The artwork is great too – simple but stunning, much like the contents. My copy is No. 11 of 100, so this could well be a limited edition that you want to get your hands on.