Angelic Milk have released some of my favorite tracks of 2016. That should not be a surprise given that they are now recording for the superb PNKSLM label. Following on from their recent Teenage Movie Soundtrack, the band have now dropped a 2-track single, Demos to Rowland S. Howard, which serves as a tribute to the Birthday Party legend. That the single also hints at some new directions for the sound of this band is an added plus.
On the Rowland S. Howard cover "Dead Radio", Angelic Milk seem to be channeling any number of Nick Cave-related projects that featured Anita Lane. They do this expertly and in such a way that their sound is not entirely diminished as they branch out into another style. On the B-side, the previously-unreleased demo "All For You", the sound is even more expansive, part early near-goth rumination, and part expansive post-rock. The cut is the flip of the band's usual goosebump-inducing rush of female vocals and feedback but it's also just as effective.