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The hotly-tipped Outfit finally release their debut album this week, having relocated to London from their native Liverpool looking to experience a bigger city (and no doubt the connections and exposure that living in a bigger city can provide), and as far as I’m aware re-relocating back home where they could actually afford to make an album. It may have been a struggle but ‘Performance’ is a lovely piece of work.
Opener ‘Nothing Big’ takes the fractured, vulnerable mumblepop of Hood and repackages it in a radio-ready alt-pop sheen which is bringing to mind a less cloying Alt-J. ‘Phone Ghost’ later in the album also captures those jittery Hoodish vibes, but elsewhere they’re doing a more hypnotic head-nodding pop thing which brings to mind fellow Liverpudlians Clinic if their robotic precision was replaced by sweeping cinematic melancholy.
The production is impeccable throughout, with some interesting rhythms combining live drums and programming, glassy ethereal guitars and a warm, boomy bass, making for quite a light and airy mix which never overpowers the softly-sung vocals. Another highlight is ‘Thank God I Was Dreaming’, which seems like the pop song of the collection - Postal Service-esque vocals over a backing track which mixes elements of The Notwist’s fragile homespun pop and some kind of soft ‘80s funk. Actually this one is bringing to mind late ‘80s Pet Shop Boys too. Yeah, I reckon it’s the single. I have enjoyed the whole album though, good solid soft indie pop record.
6/10 Mike Ralph Customer review, 5th March 2014
My personal overview was of an early OMD but not as good as the early 80's scene. Nothing different or outstanding,but with a few plays it does grow on you.A fan ?,not really but I always try to support new music and for that reason it is worth the entrance money.
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