Irish-Norwegian duo Company Ink starts off their new single “Eat Your Ropes” with a disciplined keyboard line, which breaks into a stop-and-start rhythm of bass, drums and vocals. The casually delivered line “just taking sips of the fountain of life that is shit and piss” is at once explicit, humorous and thought-provoking. These words lead into the song’s chorus and the kinetic burst of instrumentation that pleasingly accommodates it.
The second verse adds a layer of shimmery guitar to the picture, which gets its spotlight just beyond the midpoint of the song. Even while pulling in ancestral elements, namely the attitude of post-punk bands and the regimented style adhered to in electronic music, “Eat Your Ropes” maintains a singular, fresh sound.