Imagine Leyland Kirby making a pop record with Anohni, that’s the kind of bizarre world you’ve got yourself into here. It’s a sketchy, jumpy and verging on skittish collage of blissed out romanticised pop. Skewed and nearly discordant at times, but glorious and childlike at times, it’s a slippy and pleasantly confusing record.
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Ok it's trying too hard but when were you this quirky? It's slippery electronic pop that wanders and veers all over the place. I imagine Bon Iver would like this.
There are some rather delightful moments in here once you can accept that the songs are in fact upside down. 'After Work' is an absolute delight, veering flitfully past whilst the vocals attempt to gamely keep up with a malfunctioning drum machine and Woolworth's guitar. This is Sparks on a laptop that keeps getting stuck. There's also something of the early Wild Beasts and hints of Anohni's brave new pop. It's some effort.
The remainder of the LP is an exercise in creating the weirdest pop music known to man. The vocals are occasionally...well.. idiotic. Sample lyric: "read your text message where you masturbated...I was a baby in 1905, now that I have a cell phone I feel so alive". It's a swirl of all the oddest people in pop I certainly here slithers of Momus, Prince, Flight of the Conchords, Junior Boys Alt J and very often it will drive you mad but there's a few really great inventive tracks here which it's worth sticking around for particularly the luscious jazz inflected changes of the closing 'Roseville'
I'm very happy then to confirm that I don't understand this record one little bit.
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