Vinyl LP £14.49 LSSN016
Ltd LP + download on Night School. Edition of 500 copies.
- Includes download code
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- All This Time by Terror Bird
Vancouverite Nikki Never is back under her Terror Bird alias with some more chilly synthetic bedroom goth-pop business, this time on the excellent Night School. For the uninitiated, Never’s is a spacious, languid aesthetic dosed with reverbed simple drum machine beats and 808 basslines and simple, skeletal synth melodies over which her confident vocal melodies soar, drenched in reverb and sometimes doubled up for a big, otherworldly sound.
Last time I reviewed one of her albums I thought it sounded an awful lot like Zola Jesus, and that comparison remains valid, but listening to this record it seems cooler, poppier and less theatrical, with shades of Alice Cohen and even Cyndi Lauper. The result is a sound which is both epic and intimate; blurred, unhurried, personal and emotional without seeming forced or contrived.
A highlight for me is the shuddering ‘Do You Remember?’, which takes the best bits of the Pet Shop Boys and Future Islands along with a Morrissey-esque lyrical flow to create a slab of timeless pop which is stripped back and cinematic and rawly emotional. The whole album has really taken me aback a little, though. I’ve not heard all her previous releases so I can’t confidently say it’s her best yet but it’s certainly the most impressive thing I’ve heard from her to date! Strongly recommended.
10/10 Brian D 11th June 2013
Even the clattering Norman reviewbot was taken aback! Yes...this album can melt even the cold heart of a machine. So sad and wonderfully catchy is 'All This Time' - a consistently impressive suite of yearning, crystalline 80s-flecked torch-pop with a homely windswept soul that is stuffed with even better tunes than say, the last Chromatics album? The opener 'The Wrong Way' has me welling up every........... single...fucking...time. Shivers-up-the-spine great. My pop album of 2013 fo' sho', barely a weak track here x
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