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Lenses by Soft Metals
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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 July 2013

As Mike pointed out in a previous review of this lot, there’s nothing more sickening than couples in bands, especially when they bleat about it in the press release as if it's some kind of otherworldly achievement. For sure, shag and do the dishes together when you have pressed stop on the tape recorder but save me the fucking lovey dovey bollocks. I have no interest in knowing about it.

Having got all that off my chest, I may even at some point try to review the record. It's glacial synth pop. Oh you want more? Ok then I really like the first track, it exemplifies the Zola Jesus jamming with Zombi schtick as penned by Lil Biz about one of their earlier records. It's dark and mysterious, an office straw poll of what it sounds like has produced both the words Seefeel and Dubstar.

The next track kind of glides past without the listener knowing it's, on as does the track after that which is limp electro in the manner of Austra. There’s tonnes of this stuff about at the moment but to me its too bland and just not grainy enough to be of interest. The first track had a lovely atmosphere to it which is just not repeated in the remainder of the album. It's all very polished and those who worship at the feet of Goldfrapp, School of Seven Bells, etc. will probably find much to enjoy. The most interesting bits come in a couple of instrumentals on side two, the opening ‘Hourglass’ recovers from its Madonna B side synths with some squelshy bass but the closer ‘Interobserver’ is way better than anything else on the album with its pulsing Boards of Canada style electro pulses.  

They need to take more chances like this with their sound and vary it up a bit as the opener and closer show what they can do. The rest kind of passes by in an indifferent electro fug.


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