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Album Review: Adventure - Lesser Known (Carpark)

Moments of promise lost in the blink of an eye

It’s no surprise to find Baltimore’s Benny Boeldt, labelmate and pal of Toro Y Moi, still firmly rooting his Adventure project in ’80s retro-pop. Bright Technicolor subverts ‘Feels Like Heaven’’s clanking machinery and adorns ‘Smoke And Mirrors’’ coiffed and couth Pet Shop Boys-cum-Brooklyn disco. What disappoints, though, is how numbingly comfortable he is within these nostalgic boundaries.

Which is frustrating given that ‘Lesser Known’ occasionally shows glimpses of real promise. In ‘Another World’’s circling synths, and ‘Electric Eel’’s sprawling seven minutes of dense electronic dissonance lie a more serrated edge, something that’d be well worth future exploration.

Simon Jay Catling

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