8/10 Mike Staff review, 28 February 2014
Bronze impressed us a lot when they released 2011's 'Copper' LP but nobody else seemed to be paying much attention so they're back at you with another one, 'World Arena'. I'm going to review it as if I didn't already know what they sound like since nobody bought that last one.
This lot have a clever and woozy aesthetic which pairs repetitive and rhythmic kraut-esque drums and bass with blurred and stretched-out melodies from the vocals and synths which drone away peacefully like a ship drifting glacially along while white water batters its exterior. It's reminding me of two quite radically different things. Firstly the puttering drum rhythms and woozy synthpoppiness of it all is bringing to mind the most recent Wet Hair album that I listened to rather a lot. Often things sound stumbling and disjointed but the onwards momentum stays steady and concordant.
The other thing it's reminding me of is Richard Youngs, I think it's the stoical, deadpan vocals which repeat patient melodic phrases which only seem half-connected to the rest of the music, giving an uneasy sensory disconnect to the puttering streams of weirdpop. If you like Youngs, or Wet Hair, or both, then this is the kind of weirdness you should be investigating post-haste. And pick up their last one while you're at it.
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