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- Being Elastic by Each Other
9/10 Mike Staff review, 13 March 2014
Looking at the sleeve I really wasn't sure what this record would sound like, so putting it on my player I'm pleased to discover that it sounds weird. Each Other have a stripped back and unpredictable take on indie pop that veers from spiky art-punk to wobbly tropical oddness and big-harmonied uplifting twisty-turny stuff. It's reminding me of a lot of the arty indie bands around the turn of the millennium, there's Wrens-like blink and you'll miss 'em pop melodies, playful rhythms that sometimes bring to mind The Dismemberment Plan and Abe Vigoda, the jagged precision of the Detachment Kit, and vocals somewhere between The Shins and 12 Rods.
That's not to say this sounds dated or derivative as such, but the economy of arrangement and wonky physicality of it really do remind me a lot of that era, and much like all the bands I've just mentioned, they do it with enough quirky charm and genuine personality as to not really sound like anybody but themselves, and 'Being Elastic' is a quick-footed kaleidoscope of twinkles and wibbles that I'm still trying to make sense of on my third run through.
They really do like flitting from one thing to another quite quickly in a way that seems almost dizzying sometimes, but despite (or perhaps because of) all the weirdness they've made a very likeable, kinetic and cryptic album. It'll confuse you in ways that keep you coming back until you like it.
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