Ben Jacobs aka Domino recording artist Max Tundra, for reasons known only to himself, Tweeted Daphne and Celeste asking to produce a song for them. The resulting track, You & I, became an internet sensation and was a far more credible slice of electronic pop than Ooh Stick You or U.G.L.Y. They decided to work together again. Daphne and Celeste Save The World is the album and Max Tundra played a significant part, writing and producing it. You may even find that you like it. LP and CD on Balatonic. There’s a limited edition pink vinyl version if you’re quick enough.
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When Ben Jacobs (aka Max Tundra) tweeted former teen popsters Daphne & Celeste with an offer to produce a song for them it was one of those comical moments that looks fun on Twitter for about five seconds. In hindsight they shouldn't have been encouraged because now we have an album of their stuff. Now in their 30s, Daphne & Celeste are still producing bubblegum teen disco aimed at 12 year olds which at their age just seems a bit creepy.
Tundra is right when he suggests that pop music should be fun and ridiculous and technicolour and here sets about creating far too many examples to prove his point but there's only certain times when he matches his outlook with truly life affirming pop moves. One of these is 'Alto' a staccato burst of bubbly r&b with some almost proggy chords leading up to a dramatic chorus. But it's a one off in being able to combine the giddiness of the first youthful flush of pop with the sophisticated structures that we enjoy more as adults.
The whole thing is the equivalent of grown adults sucking lollipops in a schoolyard. A National League North level attempt at making dizzying pop and R&B by people far too old to know when to leave it alone. Troubling.
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