The title of Bristol-based Casimir’s debut EP Not Mathematics seems like a direct mission statement, as these five introductory tracks are governed by a taste for exploration that guides them away from the pitfalls of becoming just what modern music does not need – another typecast Foals-indebted group of introverts flopping their fringes about the edges of dysfunctional indie music.
That Casimir certainly are not, as Not Mathematics has a much stronger sense of its own identity, a fact evidenced from the teasing 120 seconds of false-start ‘Balancing Act’, to the unabashed scale of that chorus that leaps out of ‘Lucid’ with a confidence in their obvious appeal that most new bands just don’t have. It just sounds like Casimir are already not a band afraid to explore their ideas, whether that be the intricacies of a breakdown that threatens to end the time-space continuum, or just the beautiful simplicity of a heart-arresting chorus.
‘Broken Minds Think Alike’ is the best suggestion of this fact, as it introduces itself with a section of minimalist left-field production that could have just stepped off the set of the recent Atoms For Peace record; what’s most surprising is that Casimir already aren’t leagues away when it comes to nailing down affecting and paranoid wonderings.
Essentially, Casimir are holding our attention simply because for such a new band, they’re already so ambitiously exploring the synthetic and the physical within the framework of their own distinct identity, and doing it without trying to be too clever at all. Like they say themselves, it’s not mathematics.
Not Mathematics is out on Monday 4th March on Fear of Fiction.