By Flash Fiktion
To say this is a debut release, Flash Fiktion's confidence is impressive. On this double A-side single, they deliver two songs from different ends of the musical spectrum, and are utterly convincing regardless of whether they're packing the listener's ears full of trippy, experimental rock, or getting them clapping along and tapping their feet.
Darkness dressed up as cheerful indie-pop is the name of the game on first track 'Leni.' The veneer of stuttery keys and drumbeats that urge you to clap along, disguise a tormented heart of churning guitars and unnerving lyrics about "squeezing the bugs out of the walls." A fun, danceable rock song on the surface, but one that leaves you distinctly unnerved. Leaving us no time to recover from 'Leni's feverish groove, Flash Fiktion dive straight into the surreal world of 'Science of Sleep.' The combination of Eastern guitar lines and a trippy main vocal sway the listener into a pleasant stupor, while a faint whisper and hiss of distant, disembodied voices alludes to the darkness of 'Leni.' This song will have you drifting along but, like 'Leni,' it doesn't let you get too comfortable/bored. However, 'Science of Sleep' does lose its way towards the end, and winds up fumbling blindly in over-complicated prog-rock waters for the final minute.
This double A-side boldly surrounds the listener with waves of surreal sound. Even though this is their debut release, Flash Fiktion have the confidence of a band who have been together much longer and, given how vastly different 'Leni' and 'Science of Sleep' are, they're not a band who are short of ideas.