King Louis : Generation I Want

Scattershot electronica. Spot also amusing 'commissioning joke'

Perfectionism might seem like a laudable quality, but all too often, for the creative, it’s a curse: a mercilessly exacting trait that leads bright-eyed spontaneity down a dark alley and stoves its head in out of pure frustration.

Electronic duo King Louis – Nic Millins and Dan Telling, two West Country boys with samplers, synths, and a whole clutch of still-foetal nu-soul epics – know the feeling. Their debut album, ‘Generation I Want’ was recorded in the tranquil environs of a Somerset barn over six long months. And it nearly drove them mad.

At first, this dedication

to Getting It Right seems like

King Louis’ greatest success.

The opening ‘Paraplegic Soul’ reconfigures the the crystalline ambience of Talk Talk through

a filter of tight, modern R&B production, Millins and Telling weaving in and out of vocal harmonies like choirboys

on a comedown. Ultimately, though, this record’s vision

goes a little awry: the slick production leaves The Curse Of Trip Hop hanging like a pastel-coloured noose over the heads

of songs like ‘Mockingbirds’

and ‘Silent Pride’, which leaves

the lumpy proto-Marxist metaphors of ‘All Brand New’ – [I]”There’s a political prisoner inside of you/ There will always be someone in front of you in

your queue” [/I] – sounding uncomfortably trite.

Is this perfection? If so, it’s barely worth chasing. Rip it up

and start again.

Louis Pattison