EP REVIEW: Tom Kills “Semi”

It would be really easy to list a selection of artists that we feel might have influenced DIY electronic soloist Tom Kills, but it seems almost unfair. But what they hey, we will do it anyway. Kills boasts the innovation and vocal dexterity of David Bowie, while offering a consistency similar to Depeche Mode. Australian K Anderson downbeat playfulness is particularly evident on EP opener “Silly Little Self”, while it could even be claimed that some of Placebo’s Brian Molko’s nonchalance makes an appearance on “Catastrophe” before Gary Numan meets Phil Oakey on “Dvorian Gray”. Yet it is when Daft Punk lunch with The Avalanches and The Frontier Brothers on EP closer “Sex Robot” that everything kicks itself into a new gear.

It may sound as if we are trying to negate Kills’ effort with a non-stop list of similarities, yet there is something so distinct about Tom Kills that these comparatives should be taken with a pinch of salt. Kills is an artist that excites and enlightens with his radio friendly DIY fodder. While The Hurts-esque “Million Pieces” and “Dvorian Gray” offers perhaps the collections most chart friendly approach to songwriting, it is evident that there is far more to Tom Kills than meets the eye.

“Semi” is everything you could possibly want from an EP. It is enticingly haunting, unassumingly catchy and leaves you wanting more.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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