EP Review: Butterjunk with ‘Normalised EP’

Butterjunk’s debut EP: ‘Normalised EP’ is sure to propel this local trio into a flurry of post pandemic success.

On the 25th of January 2021 , Newcastle three-piece, Butterjunk, released their passionately atmospheric debut EP, titled: ‘Normalised EP’. This North east based trio have been rooting themselves and developing their sound within a diverse range of styles and culture from alternative rock, dream, gaze and lo-fi since meeting one another at Newcastle university.

Butterjunk, consisting of Ben Ayres (Guitar & Vocals), Jack Turver (Drums), and Callum Ward (Guitar) have been gaining increasing popularity with their previously released singles spanning over the years from 2018 to present and now with the release of this wonderfully emotive EP. With plays of the EP’s opening  track “Little Alien” on local station, ‘Amazing Radio’ and featuring on sites such as ‘Fresh on the Net’ Butterjunk have set themselves up nicely on a path to success.

‘Normalised EP’ draws on distinguishable themes and inspiration from the artistically characterised decades such as the synth heavy 80’s and the indie pop of the 90’s.  Whilst the EP features these perfectly subtle artistic traces from styles of past decades, Butterjunk have created a piece that exudes a sense of exciting modernity with homage to those feelings of sentimentality. This combination of sounds that listeners of such genres are likely to continually crave and appreciate is all the more likely to be met with praise and success since its creation is coming from a grassroots local band and not from the mainstream.

This is seen through implementing their own unique sound and passion for storytelling, not just lyrically but through the dynamics of songs, whether it be the slow burners, moody layering or crashing crescendos, all working symphonically within the genres of their inspiration to produce this four track EP of harmony.

Normalised EP is a reverb heavy and creative piece, filled with an essence of chilled Euphoria lending itself perfectly to be played in any situation where the mind may be craving a place of tranquillity.

By Josephine Canham

Published by Josephine canham

I'm a journalist studying at Newcastle University, based in the cities cultural hub of Ouseburn, with a passion for all things music.

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