Like a stunned fox with memory loss
Epicentre’s ramshackle acoustic approach is one that would’ve been cool to have an album of its own. Hasty, gritty acoustic guitar strums and a very lo-fi feeling yet the song itself is fragile, almost tender. The subtle yet vicious electric guitar storms in and doesn’t cause much of a fuss but does add a great element of messiness into the final mix. Add the pounding drums and the piano that flips from elegant to clangy.
Epicentre’s got a great tune and a wonderful atmosphere, but it’s sorta buried at the latter half of Know Your Enemy so it rarely gets a mention. It’s also a very subtle song: it goes around in a very calm, even pace. Even its slightly more noticably soaring finale stays pretty close to the ground. It’s one of the few Know Your Enemy moments that’s not really in-your-face, more relying on subtlety’s power. It’s a refreshing breather, as well as a great song all in itself, in its melodies and patterns.
The track officially ends around 5:11, as stated on the album’s booklet. What follows afterwards is more of a hidden track in the middle of songs rather than an outro for Epicentre. That mystic, ethereal voice section is a part of Masking Tape, a b-side released ages after the album.