All We Are are made up of an Irishman, a Norwegian and a Brazilian who all met at university in Liverpool. The band’s democratic approach to song-writing allows all three to get involved, turning their love of hip-hop and soul into what bassist Guro Gikling has dubbed “Psychedelic Boogie”. All We Are have recently toured with London Grammar, Warpaint and Jungle and their sound is likely to appeal to fans of those bands.
All We Are is available on indies only limited edition deluxe vinyl LP, with bonus 7” and artwork insert, standard vinyl LP and digipak CD.
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On the sleeve someone has written on a post it note “Insipid, wet, bland, WANK”. I have my suspects as to the perpetrator. The record isn’t anywhere near as bad as that but if you struggle with sophisticated ‘80’s influenced pop of Wild Beasts and Womans Hour then you’d best look away now.
All We Are are amongst the clutch of bands Domino signed as an appendium to Wild Beasts (see also Petite Noir) and opener (save a brief intro) ‘Ebb/Flow’ gives me more pleasure than ‘Present Tense’ did in its entirety (there again being force fed dog shit whilst simultaneously having my nether regions lacerated by a rusty scythe would give me more pleasure than that despairing work). ‘Stone’ confirms that what we have is a barely audible tweak of the Wild Beasts soft sound of ‘Smother’ and ‘Two Dancers’. Its warmly produced, nicely played and at times such as on ‘Feel Safe’ recalls The XX.
Like the Womans Hour album before it, it can be enjoyably wine bar at times but...well...a little boring. As the album wears on it gets more boring and more middle of the road, making you suspect that these are talented musicians without a smidgeon of soul or songwriting nous in their make up. Makes you long for the days when Domino signed bands that might appeal to music listeners under 40.
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