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- What Makes Us Glow by Psapp
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 January 2014
Frequently straddling just the right side of the line between clever and annoying, Psapp have occasionally produced moments of real inspiration over their decade or so existence. Their brand of quirky toy instrument influenced pop music has proved popular enough for them to provide the theme tune to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ amongst other things so its a bit odd how this album seems to have released without much fanfare (unless of course we have been living under a rock for the past few months which we probably have). The first few tracks do what Psapp do and do fairly well.
Its always squeak-heavy, lots of noises, pips, quacks flying about the mix but it just seems like something is missing at first though - they just don’t sound wholly enthused. The thing is, they can write songs and when they turn down the quirk on ‘Seven’ they come up with something really great. Its summery, jazzy pop that reminds me of someone or other who I can’t recall, certainly a bit of Everything But the Girl in there as Galia Durant’s vocals recall those of Tracey Thorn. The kind of song you want playing whilst you lounge languidly on a beach in the heat of summer. As is ‘In the Black’ with similarly sunny pop with a Brazilian influence.
The album seems to get increasingly enjoyable as it goes on and the very catchy ‘Everything Belongs To The Sun’ rattles along on a stream of micro percussion and twangy classical guitar. The album is littered with such moments, it might not always be up with their best work but there’s still plenty of stuff to enjoy here. If you like Psapp, you’ll like this. Ignore at your peril.
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