8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 31 January 2014
This is the second consecutive single I've reviewed today that's an indiepop song with no guitar. What's happening to the world? This is very different from the psych-pop of Forever Pavot, though. Stats are peddling some kind of minimal synthpop with a bit of an arty post-punk feel, kind of like Hot Chip impersonating Talking Heads. It's really not bad at all, sparse and repetitive like early post-punk transposed to synthesizer...as I get towards the end of the song I think there is some guitar so I was wrong about that I guess, but it's fairly subtle.
The vocals can be a bit wobbly, you can tell the singer is trying to be a "frontman" but his theatrics do detract a little from the metronomic and precise understatement of the rest of the track. I feel like the cold and methodical Pet Shop Boys approach works much better with this sort of thing. It's very hard to pass any kind of judgement on a band after hearing one song though, and I'm interested enough to want to hear something a bit more substantial than this one track. Oh and there's a remix on the other side that re-imagines the track as a fat, heavy synthpop number, which weirdly makes the vocals sound much more Bowie-like and less intrusively expressive than the original.
Overall this single can be filed under "promising debut" rather than "new favourite band", but if they can find a little more balance between their roles I can see them coming up with something pretty special before long.
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