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- Illuminated People by Islet
8/10 Mike Staff review, 18 January 2012
These guys are a curious proposition. They throw together a whole mix of styles with slick abandon and this album comes across as a technicolour rush of disparate tunes and tones expertly blended together. I'm getting hints of Menomena, hints of Ponytail, hints of Gang Gang Dance, hints of Tune-yards, even a touch of New Zealand psych-indie nutters Orchestra of Spheres. Really busy indie-dance that flits between styles in imaginative and unforced ways without losing momentum. They'll flit between barrelling krauty jams and shimmering balladeering with the greatest of ease and they've not forgotten to bring the tunes along to boot. There's deliciously simple vocal melodies shared between a silky-voiced lady who brings to mind Beth Gibbons in the quieter moments and a guy whose voice reminds me a bit of Patrick Wolf. Some lovely bits of vocal harmony and counterpoint over the course of this album, too. It's great to hear an indie record with really polished production values that's still this exuberant and adventurous. Give me these guys over WU LYF any day.
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