"Sirene" clicks into life on a bed of crunchy bass, adding an industrial whirr as it creaks woozily forth. "Thirty Bucks" is the gloomiest cut in a quartet of tracks that never threatens to go near the floor. A spectral guitar line and an impossibly lo-slung bass guitar are its anchors, over which a voice and deep-in-the-mix effects float to create a simmering, meditative brew.
"Wicked Bushes" is another detour, this time into bleepy, relatively punchy territory. Crackly and off-kilter, its squeaking arrows of synth bear down on far-off pads, lolloping bass and more strangulated, distant voices. Closer "Hitch House" pairs a regally echoing six-note pattern of keys with an unmovable bassline and barely-there effects to create a lurching whole that eventually trails off into a distorted fug of crackling voices. Unassuming and rife with half-hidden details and ideas, The Culture EP is an intriguing first release from a label that's worth keeping tabs on.