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- Five Points by Spartak
8/10 Brian Staff review, 30 May 2014
How tempted I was to give this 5 points. I was hoping it was my rubbish record of the week but unfortunately the first track on this wee EP is so good that even if the rest of the music contained within its digital grooves was absolute Kenny Loggins it would still muster respectable grades from Sir. 'On Conditions' is the real culprit here. A minute in and I had this large neon-blinking, rain-saturated Hotel HOOD sign looming increasingly into focus on the horizon of my dog-wet, drowsy mind. Driving all night, I need this song more than my coffee right now. Based initially around a moderate beat pulse, in comes gliding a wavering one-note synth drone and a glassy metronome before a juddering shuffling see-saw-esque midrange explosion arrives to give the track its irresistibly giddy momentum. It's about the vocals though. Anyone missing Hood/Bracken linchpin Chris Adams's voice will glean some real comfort from the gentle yearning sing-song lyrical trail here. A heart-break treasure that has a really moody, propulsive grace to it. Glancing at the press release it appears this Australian unit are indeed Hood fans and have expanded to four members, the original core of Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian having their quite disparate vocals augmented by some quite fabulous contemporary IDM pop.
Punchy, catchy yet brittle indie/electronica is the order of the day here with wistful well-placed vocals varying between these two guys, all resulting in a magnetic listen. Reluctant as I am to rely on clichés, I cannot help but be smitten by 'Five Points' and their use of old familiar tropes such as glistening post-rock shapes, old glitchy-sounding drum patterns and lugubrious vocals draped over this thoughtful, atmosphere-drenched bedroom pop; a wonderful, personable organic set that will appeal top anyone who enjoys the likes of Notwist, Mount Kimbie, Silver Pyre, Epic45, Disco Inferno and of course the brothers Adams' hugely missed vehicle. Being five songs long you really do feel compelled to hit repeat. Much more accomplished than other Spartak material I've laid ears on, support this cool under-the-radar Aussie label we've been dealing with for years and buy this hand-stitched affair.
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