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The sticker we’ve written on the front of the promo reads “Paradinas and wife. Good.” That could pretty much do as a review but I’m sure you want a bit more jam to lace the bread, right?
Well the second collaboration for the pair (Paradinas being the U-Ziq/Planet Mu man) opens with ‘Self Importance’ ,one of those old school slightly BBC Radiophonic Orchestra type sci-fi instrumentals you see knocking about from time to time. I’m more interested in the album when it veers into smooth yacht rock vocals stylings as on ‘Rain’ which has that old 80’s referencing chillwave sleekness that reminds you of trying to park your BMX to the background hum of Michael McDonald on the Chart Show. Lovely soft squishy goodness.
This continues into ‘Boxes’, now this is gonna appeal to fans of the likes of Toro y Moi, Small Black, Washed Out and looking a bit further back, Junior Boys. Bands that link up squeaking electronics with hushed, dreamy vocals to create an 80’s heat haze. The only issue being that by the time the dubby ‘Lumber’ er lumbers along the vocals are sounding rather samey, still I’m enjoying the lolloping music on this track with the overall vibe coming across like How To Dress Well’s first album. To break it up they’ve stuck in a few instrumentals ‘Liverpool’ and ‘Sultana’ (yup) are dead 80’s, ‘Sultana’ dangerously so but ‘Triumph’ has a nu-soul glow and ‘Shoe Soul’ is all sweet Anita Baker/Imagination 80’s shimmer.
Possibly using a couple of guest vocalists could have provided a bit of variety as the album drifts along in a sea of slick 80’s loving pleasantness. Nice, but no dizzying heights.
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