By Kieran Webber
“The Constant State” takes listeners on a genre-melding journey, ebbing and flowing through the realms of dream pop, post-rock, nu-gaze, and psychedelic rock.
This is a lot to cram into one EP and this does have an effect on the flow of the record, nevertheless the attempt is still a solid one and there is some absolute gems to be found.
The track “For Now We Live” is a stunning example of post rock, the word epic doesn’t do it justice it is an apocalyptic post rock atom bomb, with transcending, hollowed out vocals partnered with hard hitting heavy percussion with accompaniment of the hypnotic guitar this is a track worthy of ‘Explosions In The Sky’.
Another stand out song would be “Diamond Girl” which opens with an explosive guitar rhythm followed by an angelic solo, Malka as a band feel like they are reaching for the sky in this track, really showing off the potential they have. It is a monolith of psychedelia trip to the outer reaches of the universe and back.
The closing track “Swoon” could arguably be the strongest as it contains all the best elements of the previous tracks in one beautiful package.
The reason I only mention the three songs in this review as it was my opinion they were the only three worth mentioning the rest of the EP felt like a drag, although it is worth the wait as you are rewarded by the three mentioned songs. With this minor criticism out the way I do strongly recommend giving the EP a listen, Malka show a lot of potential and clearly have the ability to produce great music they just need to realign and focus on their strong points which is their post rock elements and Beatles inspired psychedelic adventures.