It’s difficult to know what to make of an artist like Shells. Coming out of a scene in Bath that, given the lack of hype around the area, must be pretty much dead, he manages to make a three track EP that both impresses and doesn’t quite fulfill. Perhaps it’s the broad areas of sound that he’s trying to conquer that make sure that these pieces don’t quite manage the mastery that they’re searching for – title track and opener Pastels stretches over 6 minutes and travels through the various stages that you might expect a full length to go to. Encouraging though are the ideas that underpin it all, and the enthusiasm to try undertake pretty much anything that comes to mind is mirrored by the fact that the highlights of this EP come in the moments when it is wide-eyed and twinkling with optimism. More than anything, it’s going to be interesting to see where the next steps take him.