8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 07 November 2012
Lionel “Vinyl” Williams is the latest wonky musician-producer type to emerge from the fertile fields of Los Angeles with this slick and often weird new album on No Pain In Pop, with an interesting and colourful psychedelic swirl of dub, dance and indie rock styles making for a mostly warm and enjoyable slab of uplifting sunset pop.
It’s got a blurred, uneasy feel in places which is reminding me of Hype Williams (wonder if they’re related) and the curious, glossy genre-swapping LA-ness of it keeps reminding me of Flying Lotus, only he keeps going into these weird doped up shoegazey dreampop bits. It really does sound quite alien in places. It’s often quite densely layered and rhythmically complex, with busy, clicky rhythms poking out of the seas of blurred synth and falsetto vocals.At times it can remind me of the worst excesses of the likes of M83 or maybe Teen Daze, but the mixture of crisp beats and reverb-soaked melodies is quite effective and there’s so much going on that it’s sometimes almost confusing to listen to.
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