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Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIMWorld’s End Press

World’s End Press

Liberation

Dec 10, 2013 Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM Bookmark and Share


On their self-titled debut, World’s End Press walk a precarious tightrope between indie-pop and nostalgic electronica. Their sound has drawn strong comparisons to Cut Copy, the key difference being thatwhilst they also take cues from the same shimmering pool of balearic beats as their fellow countrymenthey incorporate a stark rhythmic drive, reminiscent of experimental German electronica. Echoing bands like Neu! and Kluster, their music vibrates with jittery guitar funk, deep bass grooves and gleaming synthsall accompanied by the romantic lyricism of lead singer John Parkinson and his reedy, wistful vocals. When this works best, on songs such as “To Send Our Love,” “My Salvation,” “Drag Me Home,” and the downtempo “Vanguard 1,” their music resonates with a confidence that belies their youth. Of course, it helps that DFA’s Tim Goldsworthy is onboard as producer, his deft touch adding a well-polished sheen to proceedings.

Unfortunatelywhile it’s well craftedat over an hour in length they mistake elongated running time and slick production for depth. This is an oversight which leaves a flabby and repetitive second half to the album. It’s a shame, because a keener editorial eye could have tightened this up and made it into a truly memorable debutthe first half of the album shows huge promisebut by exchanging immediacy for self-indulgence, what remains is an interesting, albeit flawed, warning shot. (www.worldsendpress.com)

Author rating: 6/10

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