TRACK REVIEW: WNTER – Familiar EP | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Guilt is the overriding thread running through this latest extended play from Wnter, the new solo project from Newcastle musician Mike Ely. Determinedly self-produced, the three tracks on Familiar are presented as polished electro raptures, yet bear melodic and emotional hallmarks hewn unashamedly from the emo and pop-punk currents of the mid-‘00s.

On paper it sounds ghastly, though while his insights into infidelity and domestic violence aren’t especially profound they are at least delivered with sufficient panache to match their benevolent convictions. It’s more latter-day Blind-182 than Cap’n Jazz, but it’s hard to knock the pride with which Ely sports its influences, not to mention his sublimely gratuitous Geordie vernacular.

Released: 05.03.21

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