The Dublin-based audio/visual duo Clu comprises Sean Cooley and Kevin Freeney, and they’ve just released a new EP they’re calling Gems. Four tracks long, it’s out on Brooklyn’s Moodgadget Records. On making music, Cooley recently told ISO50: “Everything has a point, some of it instinct with no emotions attached other then the ones I was feeling at the time of making, and there is also things going on and memories in my life that directly make me chase a certain sound/mood to try and portray what I was feeling and thinking about.” There’s something very instinctual about the Gems EP, from the visual treat offered up by ‘Mirrors’ (see below) to the sensual, immersive ‘Aquatic Ambience’. The restrained intensity of ‘Noir’ is the only disappointing track of the collection, never really going anywhere. But touching on eight minutes, final track ‘Zenith’ more than makes up for things, living up to its name emphatically so and encapsulating the best thing that Clu have done to date. Throughout its 26 minutes, there are cut up vocals provided by an unnamed female vocalist – Clu have collaborated with Unknwn singer Gemma Dunleavy, but I don’t think they’re her vocals. Maybe we’ll find out who it is at the weekend: Clu play the RBMA stage at Electric Picnic at 1am on Sunday. Should be fun. You can buy the Gems EP here.