Italian duo 7Mondays have just released their debut EP ‘Sent’: a collection of three songs that draw strongly on a shoegaze sound tempered with a touch of emo and post punk rock.
The EP is topped and tailed by an intro and outro effects. Opening track ‘What’s Best to Die For’ is a shifting, changing beast that roars at one moment then is tempered with a hazy contemplative fugue. The soaring emotive vocals add a frisson to the sound as do the shimmering and sparkling wall of guitars. It’s an impressive start.
‘Tape Rewind’ veers the band towards more of a post-punk-tinged direction with more open spaces but the arcing, razor-sharp guitars continue to contribute a vital freshness as do the vocals – stretching from restrained under the breath musings to a full throated roar that recalls the passions and emotions of emo bands. Importantly, the band delivers memorable melodies and a pop sensibility.
The EP ends with ‘Crowns’ – a shining and stupendous track – which to me combines influences – a sort of shoegaze fugue meets dream pop mix. There is a melodic strength with indelible riffs and a slamming insistent rhythm section and reverb-soaked guitars dripping with delays and choruses.
‘Sent’ is an impressive debut – delivering an emotional rollercoaster of a ride filled with celestial guitars and melodies. 7Mondays can proudly take their place in the very impressive roll call of Italian shoegaze/dream pop that is absolutely buzzing at the moment.