Roommates, associates and at least one member of the Diableros, the Airfields show as much potential as their local breakout star pals on this short but packed EP. Singer David Lush delivers staticky vocals in a strained but sweet tenor over sheets of delayed guitars, dreamy organs and the occasional gleaming accent of glockenspielesque chimes. The Laneways EP falls somewhere between blissed-out Jesus and Mary Chain-style fuzz and jittery post-punk, and while there's enough of an aesthetic thread to make all the songs feel as though they're parts of a cohesive set, it's a testament to the Airfields' songwriting that every track is distinctive and memorable. A particular standout is the elegy Red Fox, which matches appropriately wistful melodies to unsentimental recollections of a departed friend.
The Airfields launch their EP at Sneaky Dee's Saturday (March 25).