7/10 Clinton Staff review, 05 September 2013
Okay then here we go. This is the debut album from Jessy Lanza and it's made with the production skills of one of the Junior Boys, a band whose ‘So This is Goodbye’ was a lovely example of melancholic, atmospheric late night electronica. This album starts out pretty well, the atmospherics are nice and dark, whilst Lanza’s quivering dreamy vocals nicely mesh themselves within the sonic stew.
The highlight is possibly the snappily titled ‘5785021’ which is a lovely slinky piece of late night r&b with a lovely chorus in which Lanza’s voice reaches skywards just like her hair if you turn the back cover upside down. It's not unlike some of the other similar glacial r&b around such as Inc. The other main notable track is ‘Against The Wall’ which contains some gorgeous fluttering synth sounds, it has a fantastic eerie atmosphere like the greatest bits of slinky disco, Lanza’s voice high and breathy not unlike the sexier bits of Donna Summer. The chorus is an amazing thing - with lovely bloopy synths picking out the downward melody the voice flitting in-between the synths to great effect.
Otherwise, frankly, there’s not all that much to write home about, the last few tracks certainly see the artists looking at their wristwatches checking whether they have enough tracks for an album-length release. It might, perhaps, have been better to release this as a killer 12” and get some really strong stuff ready for the album, a lot of it flits by in a haze, neither catching the ear lyrically or musically.
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