LA Priest (aka Sam Dust) is not from LA, but from the UK, where his former band Late Of The Pier used to kick up a storm. Inji is his first solo release, and is filled with curious touches. Weird digital pop music with a joyous tinge. Attractive (and, if you want it to be, green!) vinyl gatefold LP with a poster to boot.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 June 2015
The latest man who wants to be Prince is Sam Dunst formerly of Late of the Pier who were described by our Maggie as “bad in a bad way” many years ago. People still liked them though....and they might like this too...
When the sludgy four minutes of opener ‘Occasion’ finally grunted to a close I was ready to the whole thing in the bin - those wibbly keyboards really hurt your ears. ‘Lady’s In Trouble With The Law’ is softer and more melodic with a guitar line taken straight from the melody of Bronski Beat’s ‘Small Town Boy’. This is the kind of top down sunshine pop as produced by anyone from Ariel Pink to Toro Y Moi to Blood Orange over the last few years and it’s 70’s yacht rock chorus is perfectly serviceable. But if you’ve got him tagged as just another Hall and Oates wannabee then experimental instrumental ‘Gene Washes With New Arm’ might change your mind sounding like ‘Ghosts’ By Japan as played by Thundercat.
Everyone needs a hit and ‘Oino’ comes up with the summer pop goods, it’s clipped vocal and drifting melody would fit onto pretty much any Justin Timberlake record. LA Priest sounds like he might be this years East India Youth - not that his music is particularly similar - what I mean is he is someone who has escaped from a band in order to find their feet producing free thinking music which veers from experimental sound pieces to full on pop explosions. If you like experimental sound sourcery then ‘Lorry Park’ could sound like a chart -ready Squarepusher but if pop is what you want then there is plenty of singalong electro funk to be had. You think it’s all squelshy fun but then you get ‘Fabby’ a tremendous thing which sounds like Brian Wilson hanging upside down whilst attempting to play Sylvian and Sakamoto’s ‘Forbidden Colours’.
It has its fair share of hipster pleasing moments of cheese and idiocy (the last two tracks are particularly ear worrying) but there's plenty of good here.
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