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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 October 2010
There are a lot of records out this week and its a veritable feast of exciting new sounds. This is brand new on Fat Cat, a weird skewed yet tuneful instrumental opener is followed by a TV on the Radio style slice of pop oddness with some indisputably crunchy drums underpinning the whole thing. Soulful vocals along the lines of Cee Lo or that guy who sang on 'Somewhere Down the Crazy River' by Robbie Robertson ...remember? Sam Llanas was his name. Full on pop mode on 'Living Decorations' which once again recalls TV on the Radio before they got a bit...um..well... boring. That's the general feel of this album there's no getting around it - yes they sound like TV on the Radio but its very very impressive, so many great little arrangements in there and songs that take you to places you didn't expect to go. Hints of Vampire Weekend also if you are wanting another comparison.
10/10 John Bloor Customer review,
My initial feeling is of repetitive phrases, cycling round, a bit like Battles did but more poppy in nature. Drums, samples, noises, warm guitars and intense with it. Loops upon loops. Sounds a bit dull but they've really constructed some great songs with these elements. The loops and rhythms have been built into sounds and phrases which are then used in a lovely creative way. This is growing into something great.Some of the sounds and textures are chopped up. This is something I have started to do myself, where you cut up a sound leaving only the reverberation, the memory of the instrument, or cutting the note short.As the album progresses it seems to transform from songs constructed on a computer from loops, to songs played using real instruments. The cyclical feel is still present, the precision and timing of the parts, but with a real warmth to the songs. The parts are stopping and starting together, with intricately woven drum, guitar and bass parts. In places they remind me a little of XTC, in other places they almost sound like an orchestra.
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