Mouchette is a band fronted by Natalie Walker, former vocalist for trip-hop act Daughter Darling and then solo artist. Whilst Natalie's previous efforts combine contemporary pop and downbeat electronic, Mouchette have a very distinct sound mixing dark pop with indie elements. Mouchette is definitely a band effort. The songs are simple and distinctive and there is lots of energy and creativity in these four songs that skillfully avoids the clichés of the electro-pop so current today.
Dusk is quite a dark slowburner but good harmonies and dreamy vocals. Cruel is the standout track here, with some swirling melodies weaved together over some vibrant guitar lines. It's not all dark though, Cherry Tree has a light summery feel and a bright lyric about a first love. Ending on perhaps the darkest tune, Sinking Stones still weaves a lot of harmonies in the chorus.
I really enjoyed this EP because it's a culmination of all of Natalie's previous efforts with a new sonic dimension. There is news of a second EP on the way and my fingers are crossed for a full length album too. I really have high hopes for this band as they are just bubbling under the radar -- I just hope they aren't just thrown together with other electro-indie acts because these guys are unique because they are about songs and mood, not just sound.