Emotional is the new duo of Sian Dorrer and Adam Parkinson, who between them have played in outfits including The Bomber Jackets, Dane Law, Ravioli Me Away and plenty more. Electronic pop of all stripes is what floats Emotional’s boat, with as much 90’s as 80’s in there. And everything on s/t has nicely weird little edges that come from the pair making tracks their own way. LP on Milk Records.
6/10 Jamie Staff review, 20 September 2016
Emotional are an electronic pop duo -- Sian and Adam -- who are from either a North London suburb just outside the M25 motorway or Dalston, aka the coolest part of London since just before I moved up north. Whatever, on to the music. They cite influences as far apart as Depeche Mode and Cathy Dennis. Ambitious.
The record opens with ‘Heartbeats’, electronic pop with house signatures, in a Hercules & Love Affair sorta fashion. ‘Fish Island’ is a slower track soaked in late-night strings and hip-hop beats. OK. ‘Mirror Stay The Same’ is jauntier and bleepier. I’ll mention Sian’s voice now; it’s… pleasant but not strikingly so. ‘Transmission’ has a very repetitive chorus which could become irritating: “Look into my eyes / tell me what you see / me and you K.I.S.S.I.N.G.” Ad. Nauseum. It’s the closest yet to raunch on the album, it just feels a little contrived. Also included: fake crackles (seriously?) and a Duran Duran sample. Hmm.
The fifth track on side A passed by largely unnoticed, so onto side B: ‘XTC' is back in chugging electro-pop/house hybrid territory. Better… there’s still an annoyingly monotonous chorus though. Again. They do Massive Attack, kind of, with Timbaland-ish beats on ‘Back to the Track’. They close strongly with an Inner City-ish houser, ‘Hawaii’. Nice synths. 90s indie-dance-pop enthusiasts and trendies will be happy.
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