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- Leave This Island by Maximo Park
7/10 Mike Staff review, 07 February 2014
The Maximum Parks have a new EP to accompany their recent full length, let's go.
Track 1 'Leave This Island' is a very '80s sounding synthpop number. It's reminding me of a specific band from the '80s but as usual I'm panicking because of time constraints and can't remember who. Ah, Depeche Mode, of course. It sounds quite a lot like 'A Broken Frame'-era Depeche Mode, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The synths bleep along with a single-minded sense of purpose and the vocals are cold and distant and wistful.
Then there's 'A Vague Implication' which has a weird staccato synth piano line and prominent vocal harmonies. It's quite endearingly melodic but also kind of nervous and twitchy, filling out with some big synth drones towards the end only to stop abruptly. It seems like one of those meticulously studio-based tracks that'd be very difficult to recreate live, but that's not a criticism as such, it's a solid track.
Turn it over and Mogwai have remixed that song that sounds like Depeche Mode, here reinvented as an instrumental with a chopped, stuttering drum machine groove and big, bright synth swooshes accompanying the chunky synth chords. There's a few chiming melodic guitar touches here too, they've cleverly made it sound more Mogwai without straying too far from the original's synthpop textures. Then there's the Dave Okumu Remix of 'Brain Cells' which I've not the original of before so I'll let that one be a surprise.
10/10 Ann Customer review, 13th February 2014
It is snowing outside my 0ffice window, but by listening to this track it is like I see a bed of roses and green fields ahead. The track has such a good feel to it.It is making me smile.
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