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Another retrospective review as its already in the shops and available to purchase, you lucky, lucky people.
This is the debut album from a lad who has been all around this great big world but he can’t find his baby and only on occasion here has his full muse intact. What we have is another variation on the ‘chill-wave’ genre, nicely done, dreamy pop but without that ..oh i don’t know what… that will take it to the next level. He sings softly over banks of synths, ‘Recovery’ stops and starts never quite gripping the listener. ‘In Mind’ moves along pleasantly on a wave of synth and bass, luckily bursting into a nicely catchy chorus to keep the listener’s ear focussed on the job. ‘Distance’ introduces some vaguely African sounding guitars and rubbery bass leaving a slight Vampire Weekend feel to the proceedings. Instead of a chorus it has a wibbly synth line which is one of those bits where he’s thought to himself ‘TV advert’.
The album moves along nicely at times but suffers from sounding a bit like everyone else, from Washed Out to Jagwar Ma to the dreadful Arcade Fire, they are all at it. But I don’t want to be too hard on the record as there are some nice passages of music, ‘Taken’ drifts for awhile before introducing some nice surfy choppy guitar, the ghost of Animal Collective is just under the surface particularly on the closing ‘Black Submarine’ which dares to include some more daring discordant sections which lifts the album out of its swooshy pleasantness. He should have got nastier earlier I reckon.
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