Saturday 21 October 2017

Music - At a glance: Clean Bandit - New Eyes

Clean Bandit: New Eyes.
Clean Bandit: New Eyes.
Parquet Court: Sunbathing animal.

Opening your album with a half-hearted defence of electronic music and referencing Mozart is an interesting tactic. And it's one employed by this Cambridge collective.

The use of strings is a motif running throughout New Eyes.

While the attempt to marry disparate styles is commendable, at times it can resemble a cross between Disclosure and one of those pop classical quartets you'd see advertised during Loose Women.

The Rae Morris-led Up Again is sure to follow Rather Be and Extraordinary as a big single, and Lizzo's spitfire delivery on the title track is a pleasant diversion on what is, overall, a largely flat record.

2 and a half Stars

Parquet Courts

Sunbathing Animal

It seems fitting that Parquet Courts have found a home with Rough Trade. For former residents Morrissey and Roddy Frame, now read Andrew Savage.

The Parquet Courts creative hub has a similar knack as a wordsmith, but dresses him in far scruffier attire.

It's perhaps another Rough Trade alumnus – The Fall's Mark E Smith – that Savage most resembles.

There is a spitfire delivery to the album's title track, which is offset by the slackerish loping of Instant and Raw Milk. While lacking some of the punch of predecessor, Light Up Gold, there's plenty here for fans of fuzzy early-90s American indie.

3 Stars

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent
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