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1 review »Never really been much of a fan of Dev Hynes. The much-loved Blood Orange album from last year went straight over my head - too smooth - even for me. Here, he has turned his hand to soundtrack work, drafting in some great mates to help put together a soundtrack for this Gia Coppola movie. The opening title track is a sweet piece of 80’s synth fetishism by Dev with mega-smooth vocal,  al ... »

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Palo Alto by Devonte Hynes
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 20 June 2014

Never really been much of a fan of Dev Hynes. The much-loved Blood Orange album from last year went straight over my head - too smooth - even for me. Here, he has turned his hand to soundtrack work, drafting in some great mates to help put together a soundtrack for this Gia Coppola movie. The opening title track is a sweet piece of 80’s synth fetishism by Dev with mega-smooth vocal,  all pretty nice. Less saccharine is the marvellous Mac De Marco with his wonderful ‘Ode to Viceroy’  - perfect soundtrack fodder with its laid back slacker vibes and wobbly chorus. Dev is back with Blood Orange on ‘Champagne Coast’  - pure 80’s soundtrack guff. More out-there is Tonstarttsnandht (what???) with a nice piece of warped looping, Robert Schwartzman echoes Hynes with more moves taken straight out of 1986.

A quick flip through the B side sees things carrying on in an 80’s synth gaze except for the truly awful charty/country slickness of ‘Rock Star’ by Nat & Alex Wolff, still it might all work perfectly with confines of the film. If you like the slick moves of Blood Orange you’ll find much to enjoy but, having just consumed an entire bar of chocolate, the R&B-lite/Prince lite gloopiness is sending me towards a bucket and as an album, even for a compilation it needs more grainy edges like the Mac De Marco track to lose a bit of the all- consuming smooth.


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