7" £4.99 STATS01
Ltd white vinyl 7" on StatsCo inc. Emperor Yes Remix. Edition of 200 copies.
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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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