All of Us, Together
May 25, 2012 Issue #41 - Yeasayer
If Teen Daze is Max Fischer, chillwave is his Rushmore. Unlike contemporaries such as Toro Y Moi and Washed Out—who graduated from the pseudo-genre's lackadaisical backbeats and murky synths on the strength of their pop chops—the nameless Canadian producer seems happy to wallow in the world of hazy electro soundscapes.
There are subtle signs of maturation after last year's painfully nondescript A Silent Planet EP, most notably "The Future," where Teen Daze corrals his effervescent sound into a satisfying, downbeat tune. Opener "Treten" emerges like a new age dance party, all hypnotic drum machines and zen-like phrasing, while "Late" is a brief, bubbly delight. Ultimately though, All of Us, Together is a slight affair, with Teen Daze desperately clinging to genre hallmarks when he has the potential to be so much more. (www.facebook.com/teendaze)
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