EP Review: Figmennt – Figmennt

As the North East produces some unbelievably talented upcoming artists, it’s no wonder it’s rightfully emerging into a buzzing hub for music and Teesside-based Figmennt are right in on the action as they release their debut self-titled EP.

Since releasing their first single ‘She’ back in 2014, the four-piece, Joe (vocals and guitar), Matthew (guitar), Kenny (bass) and Danny (percussion) have scoured the North playing numerous festivals and countless gigs. The band recently released their single ‘Home’ and caught the attention of BBC radio presenter Bob Fischer who played the track on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show, proving big things are to come.

Their self-titled EP is no disappointment, an array of ambient, chilled tracks with some gritty and raw kicks. It’s diverse and showcases the four-piece’s versatility.

Punchy tracks such as ‘With Me’, highlight Figmennt’s signature up-tempo percussion and elusive guitar riffs. But don’t fret, that’s not all the band have to offer.

‘Apart From Me, A Part Of Me’ is a beautifully constructed track, unlike many current shoegaze bands, Figmennt have an incredible lyrical ability and complex structures to their tracks and the track is a perfect example. It’s dynamic, it demands your attention and is made up with a stunning blend of chimey riffs, gritty guitar and effortless, raw vocals.

The band adopt a more dense and experimental sound in fifth track ‘Fold’, yet it’s not overbearing, nor intimidating. It doesn’t feel as though the band are thriving for an unachievable sound as they effortlessly pull off a heavier style.

The EP is brought to a mellow close with final track, ‘Sad Song’. This track is no stranger to existing fans as the band performed an acoustic version for North Group Films. The more current version carries a much more dirty and gritty essence to it. Intensive bass-lines, profound lyrics and passionate guitar-blazing climax, ‘Sad Song’ really brings the EP to a well and truly incredible end.

The EP is somewhat inspiring and proves that Figmennt are way more than your typical dream-pop band who go maybe a little too mad with reverb. They’re bold, they’re strategic, extremely versatile and definitely have big things to come.

Figmennt’s debut self-titled EP is out today. Physical copies can be bought from Music Glue or can be streamed on Spotify.