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This record is two firsts rolled into one. It’s the debut EP of 22-year-old synthpop hopeful William Doyle, and it’s also the first record to be released on the Quietus’s brand new label (which we wish them the best of luck with!). There’s four songs here, with opener ‘Looking For Someone’ opening with some smooth a capella vocals before morphing into some slick, shimmering synthpop with clear debts to the Pet Shop Boys and Detroit techno, themes which he expands upon impressively on second track ‘Heaven, How Long’, which has shades of Depeche Mode and Erasure but with a sleepy, brooding modernity and crisp, understated production.
On the other side, ‘Coastal Reflexions’ is a bit more experimental and slightly dubby, with a woozy house beat and weird repetitive synth swells over some lively modular blooping and disembodied spoken female vocals. Then to close there’s the Oh The Gilt Remix of ‘Heaven, How Long’, which turns it into a beefy synth-house club banger with lively, bright melodies which turns into a slow euphoric bit of synthpop with a bit of a Patrick Wolf feel to it. It’s slick but (with the possible exception of the remix at the end) not too showy, although in places your enjoyment of it will depend on whether you like his prominent harmonised vocals, but either way, these are inventive and well constructed songs and a very accomplished debut!
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