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- Eyes Be Closed by Washed Out
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 July 2011
I adored Washed Out's 'Life of Leisure' debut of last year and have pretty much worn out my copy with repeated plays. It seemed to nail the whole retro 80's influenced 'chillwave' sounds with six tracks of utter summery perfection. Early thoughts on his new album 'Within and Without' are that it is extremely disappointing. I'll leave the dissection of that until it comes in for review and instead describe to you the new single. It's a pleasant enough continuation of the 'Life of Leisure' sound but seems to have lost something in translation, the track plods when it should excite and although the lovely laid back summer vibe and chilled out vocals are still intact it just doesn't inspire - it's a little overscrubbed, losing the bedroom immediacy of the debut. Its Phil Collins 'In the Air Tonight' drum fill smacks of something just a little too knowing. Elsewhere on this EP we get, as you may expect, some remixes. Grimes stretches everything out in a Panda Bear style, Star Slinger uses the drum machine and basic melody from Taja Saville's 'Love is Contagious' and time streches the vocals annoyingly over the top and Lovelock have basically re-written the Theme from Beverly Hills Cop. This could be the snapping point where the '80's revival has finally gone too far.
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