Published May 01, 2016On their debut, self-titled EP, Elegance occupy an interesting, dreamy kind of space within grunge. The band's guitar section is mostly fuzzy and shoegaze-y, but has other flavours behind the distortion.
Opener "Fear" has a driving riff that harkens to Pinkerton-era Weezer. Throughout, Kaan Gunesberk's vocals are filtered through a bunch of reverb, with the result sounding almost like a male version of No Joy. Final track "Wretch" speeds things up a good deal and turns down the distortion, bringing them closer to bands like Queens of the Stone Age and bringing some much-needed intensity to the EP.
Unfortunately, this intensity is the exception rather than the rule, and the less intense works are less adept at maintaining listener interest. Elegance aren't really treading into any territory that hasn't already been explored by predecessors like Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and others, and those bands tended to innovate and sound more unique, but for a debut, Elegance is a solid piece of work. (NYK Records)