4/10 Clinton Staff review, 06 July 2012
You just know what to expect from Teen Daze before you hear it. Firstly that awful name, secondly the Washed Out-aping sleeve artwork and within 30 seconds the album reveals pretty much all you need to know. It’s Balearic influenced chill-wave done by one man on his laptop seemingly in less time that it would take for him to load up his tracks on his Bandcamp site.
It exemplifies a lot of the problems with modern electronic music. It’s limp, barely noticeable even as background music, uses the worst plug-in sounds ever and generally comes across as sounding like Jean Michel Jarre doing an album on an iPad in real time. I’m starting to get very concerned about this Lefse label. First that Dominant Legs abomination, now this. They have ears I presume? It’s hard to remain positive but I’ll give it a go, I guess...no, I can’t do it - I was going to say M83 or that type of thing but it’s waaaay more soggy than that. It’s very difficult to write about an album with absolutely no redeeming features. It has a kind of stainless steel, disinfected sound that some may find appealing.
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