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Chain Wallet

No Ritual


Feb 11, 2019 Web Exclusive
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Mixing New Wave style anthemic pop hooks with jangly chorused guitars and New Age lyrics, the Norwegian dream pop group Chain Wallet strive for profundity amidst the dizzying headrush of '80s nostalgia. The sections in the songs are tight and the gated reverb snare is equalized perfectly, but after the first time hearing the surging, oceanic drums bob under the slick sheen of a by now grossly overused guitar effect you begin to feel that some heart is missing from these tracks and that it is yet another instance of fetishization of the recent past. (

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February 21st 2019

Can a review be both overwrought AND incredibly lazy? Why yes, yes it can.