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- Hyperborea by Flamingods
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There's a bit of a sad story behind the second Flamingods album 'Hyperborea', which was written after band leader Kamal Rasool was forced to leave the UK due to a change in visa laws. As a result the idiosyncratic percussive popsters were forced to create this album whilst scattered around the globe, sending files between one another online.
It's perhaps no surprise, then, that 'Hyperborea' (a mythical island where all the band can be in the same room) is a dreamier and less celebratory listening experience than its predecessor, with the carnival-like percussion reined in to more measured rhythmic experiments and the melodies calmed into dreamy and precise little melodies and hypnotic drones. I'm particularly liking the squelchy wah-guitar melody on the title track and the shivering vibrato tropical shimmer of 'Lake Yaylaru (where we live underneath the water)'. The whole record's quite lovely actually, pretty different to what I expected but still very creative and often strangely moving.
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