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Simian Mobile Disco



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Simian Mobile Disco has always walked a line between the strict rules of straight-up dance music and the free, experimental nature of underground rock. Now, on Whorl, they’ve thrown all convention out the window and trekked to the desert to look at stars. Literally written and rehearsed in the desert with a simple setup of analog gear, the album was subsequently recorded live in front of 900 fansand that’s the most interesting thing about it.

Whorl is largely ambient, heavy on long synth chords and notes, with a fair amount of keyboard noodling and occasional simple beats. It’s often fairly pretty, and every now and then it demands attention, but ultimately this is a record that fades into the background for almost its entire running time. It’s an interesting experiment, and Simian Mobile Disco deserves props for restricting themselves to a simple live setup, but it could’ve benefited from a much larger dose of adrenaline. (

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