8/10 Mike Staff review, 07 March 2014
I haven't encountered these Scraps before but this album they've done for Fire Records is pretty nice. For some reason I looked at the cover and thought it was going to be some kind of cheeky indie rock business but actually it's quite a glacial and understated synthpop sprawl topped with wistful Scottish-accented female vocals, conjuring an aesthetic that falls somewhere between the lo-fi electropop darkness of people like Terror Bird and Zola Jesus with the somewhat less alienating sounds of bands like The xx and Chvrches.
I'm particularly finding it interesting on tracks like 'Projections' where they up the pace a little, which rather than making it more accessible really exposes the sparseness of the arrangements, which gives it a kind of post-punky angle I wasn't expecting. 'Holiday' heads into even weirder territory with a weird echoed vocal line that wraps around itself in hypnotic, pulsating fashion over some weird alien synth-panic throb'n'flutter; dub punk transplanted into the 21st century.
Most of the album is much less disorienting than this track though. I love how prominent and uncluttered all the classic synth sounds are too, without it ever venturing away from the vocal-led pop which forms the album's backbone. I had no prior expectations but I have found this album entirely palatable. If you're interested in understated synthpop action then you probably will too.
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