Baptism of Uzi. Say it out loud. 'Baptism of Uzi'. Listen to how cool you sound. This is how great you could feel if you listened to Baptism of Uzi's colourful new EP, Stray Currents.

With opening notes that sound like they're straight out of The Books' 'Beautiful People', the intro track slowly begins as a slow apparition that unfurls beautifully into a light, tight drum groove, with the guitars singing a carefree, proggy melody on top. It's the sound of Pink Floyd sliding down a rainbow.

Next comes the insistent but catchy assault of 'Carnal Need', equally as great as Devo's 'Uncontrollable Urge', but with some great Beach-Boys-sounding 'ooh's in the background, and more sloppiness, like its being played in a cave with zero gravity. The outro comes with a whole new bridge of its own, drifting stray ideas through this track, feeling like it's over too soon.

'Believe' is a more straight-forward affair. The lyrics 'I've been working all day just to survive' aptly sum up how this track sounds: like a long, tiring day at work. Ice-House worthy guitar and a string section give this track a highway feel, while the refrain 'do you believe in me?' marches on.

Lead single 'Stray Currents' is next however, and the groove sets in with a revenge. 'You can look but you can't touch it / That's my stray current' coasts the chorus, the strongest hook on the EP. If 'Believe' was the highway track, this is the cruising the 'burbs track. The bass-line is blissed-out in the back seat, wearing sunnies, while the violins and keys are hanging out passenger windows, gleefully littering the street with cheeky melodies. A palm-muted guitar holds it down in the driver's seat, steering on a stray current. The whole thing is catchy and reminiscent of MGMT, in all the right ways.

Closing is 'Fire Penguin', by far the best song name on the EP, which works as a extended proggy jam to finish. The guitar distorts into the stratosphere while the synthesiser modulates into an alternative form of consciousness, with Gareth Parton's (The Breeders, Spiritualized) production glistening in the dark. It's a tight kraut-rock rhythm, winding up into a musical whirlwind. With very few lyrics, and a quick break down, it's also the longest track on the album, finishing up a wild journey.


Stray Currents is out now, listen to the lead single below:


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