A rather lazy release from the Seattle duo
Beat Connection. It sounds quite like the name of a hip-hop after-school club for children whose parents have got big plans, doesn’t it? Instead, it’s the project of Seattle pair Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger. ‘The Palace Garden’ follows on from their 2011 debut single ‘Silver Screen’, which saw a modest amount of froth develop on the lips of new music explorers everywhere, and rightly so. Their new record features the kind of totally tropical Friendly Fires-y, M83-wired chugga-dance-indie that holds its keyboards and laptops slightly tighter to its chest than its guitar strap. The result of this approach makes for a sometimes highly danceable ride. ‘Invisible Cities’ is a TEED-y winner early on in the album, but then things unfortunately just sort of pootle along lazily until the surefire disco firecracker ‘Sometimes Wonder’ livens things up once more near the death. All in all, though, the whole thing feels a bit like the lights coming on abruptly five minutes after you’ve paid £10 to get into a club.