From Albert Hammond Junior - the chap from the Strokes - comes this jangly indie pop album titled Momentary Masters. Ten tracks which he thinks ‘are the best that he’s ever written’. Well, we’re not going to argue. Tight, fun guitar tracks - definitely harking back to early Strokes material. One for fans of summery indie music such as Teleman and Phoenix. Vinyl LP, and CD on Infectious Music.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 July 2015
I listened to the opening track here from the Strokes guitarist (I wanted to say former the Strokes guitarist but they are still dragging on indefinitely aren’t they?) whilst answering a few emails. This is perfect email answering music - it’s pleasant enough on the ears but at no point did I want to break off from my work. Solo Mr. Hammond makes a kind of danceable guitar pop - the type that was quite popular in the mid-2000s when The Rapture ruled the airwaves. Opener ‘Born Slippy’ (no not that one) has pleasantly taut guitars and moves along in a fairly Killers direction before stopping. So we are onto ‘Power Hungry’ with some nice Fine Young Cannibals-like guitar. This song has grown on me on second listen but I’m still unsure about the rap bit.
Hammond appears to be a wealthy contented man enjoying himself. His songs are ok - they are no disaster but don’t really inspire much either. It has that compressed fuzzy production that the Strokes liked to lose - not a vocal goes by without some distortion on but the production isn’t the problem really. ‘Losing Touch’ is typical of the fare on offer here - it’s a slice of late ‘70s power pop with a touch of Death Cab For Cutie on the vocal. The chorus sounds exactly like something by the Strokes.
No calamities here but I think I’ll go back to answering that email.
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