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9/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 October 2015It’s funny that Phil has just been talking about album of the year when this arrives. Firstly its title is remarkably similar to that of our previous winner Bracken’s ‘Exist/Resist’ and secondly it’s the sort of album that I imagine is in Phil’s hotlist for the coveted 2015 award. It’s one of those albums that immediately satisfies. If I could gather up all those disaffected Tame Impala fans who thought ‘Currents’ discarded pretty much everything that was good about them and sit them down with this using Melody’s Echo Chamber as a general guide, I think we’d have some happy psych pop nerds on our hands. The record is a powerful, pummelling piece from the get go, showcasing that compressed ’60’s style production that is so de rigueur amongst the psych elite. Most impressively though Drape have actual songs with hooks that head straight into your nerve endings. The mysteriously titled ‘?’ starts with a whopping great synth and Syd Barrett style glissando guitar before thumping into an ear worm of a chorus where Beach Boys style organ presides over a life affirming hook. In fact the whole A side is a thrilling roller coaster ride of Broadcast on speed pop fun, the drumming is tremendous - on ‘Round and Around’ it sounds for a minute like Jaki Liebezeit has joined Stereolab. In fact there are too many highlights for my word limit -this Oslo 5 piece deserve a much wider audience than my ears so please trust me. If you like Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Beatles, My Bloody Valentine and Deerhunter you’ll enjoy it. If I’m wrong I will personally turn up at your house and weep on your doorstep.
10/10 Fairs79 Customer review, 9th December 2015
Superb record, riddled with psyche and melody. Nods to modern contemporaries like Dungen (a rich man's Tame Impala), Laure Briard and Melody's Echo Chamber. Or a cheerier sounding Flake Music. It's the kind of record you think everyone should hear, but really, you want to keep it to yourself. Lead track 'My Friend the Scientist' is an obvious stand out, but the rest of the album plays just as easy. On repeat. 'Still Raining' and '?' are also top pics. The beautiful 60s-esque production tops the whole experience nicely. As per Clinton from Norman's review - I suggest you can't fail to like it.
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