Words by Paul Brown
Newcastle five-piece Shift Static make their return to The Tipping Point off the back of a steadily-growing wave of positivity towards their new EP ‘In Italics’, all of which is entirely deserved. A large part of Shift Static's appeal comes from the masterful way in which they blend the electronic with the human, creating glitchy, unsettling sonic canvases, which are slathered elegantly with Laura Smith's gorgeous, soothing vocal.
It all comes together best on the EP's centrepiece 'Sky Burial', which also gets a remix from Waskerley Way who brings his spaced-out tropical groove to the mix, adding an extra texture to the song without removing any of its original beauty. The balmy ambience of the song plays with your equilibrium a little, in the same way as the likes of A Sunny Day in Glasgow or Conquering Animal Sound. The result is entirely enriching though, a record which is experimental, mysterious and thoroughly beautiful.