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- Morbido by The Dreams
8/10 Mike Staff review, 18 August 2011
I like the cover of this record. Very little information (what little there is is on the inner sleeve. In French.), just giant images with great colours. What can I say? I'm a sucker for really vividly coloured prints. The press release keeps referring to "glue wave". I didn't even know that was a thing. It also makes references to the record sounding tropical, which I'm not convinced about yet either. It's spooky, wibbly, dub-influenced post-punk with bold boy/girl vocals basically. Totally minimal and casual. It took me a while to acclimatise to the weird slow pace of it but now I've settled in it's totally working for me. It's like PiL slowed right down and chilled right out, maybe. There's a moment in 'Aloha Miami' where everything's been going on fairly steadily for a while and suddenly they bring in some massive droney bass and suddenly their dubby edge hits you hard and it's like "oh no you didn't!" but they totally did, and then they go into this messed up old school dub with backwards vocals on it and it's like boom, I get the tropical thing, now bring me a potentially deadly cocktail with an umbrella in a glass the size of my head! After a bit of a slow start this album has totally sucked me in. These guys take you into their own world. Dystopian party vibes abound...one to put on at 3am when you gotta slow the pace up but you still want to keep going. 'Power of Signs' has this totally sweet electro intro and then they throw some jarring synths sounding like some kind of wailing sirens and do their whole post-punk vocal thing over that. It's really cool. It's like Sigue Sigue Sputnik on quaaludes. Dave says it's a bit like the Slits when it goes dubby. It's totally immersive and different and I enjoyed it a lot.
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