A good debut, but there’s room for improvement
ATP is supposed to be a safe haven from acoustic guitar nuisances entertaining nobody around a campfire. But if Flamingods’ backstory about meeting at ATP is to be believed, clearly the ‘Kumbaya’ scourges are disguising themselves as hipsters and embarking on eight-hour chalet jams instead. Their debut album ‘Sun’ isn’t quite that long, but with its concoction of Afrobeat intricacies and ever-changing structures, it threatens to be. Consumed in bite-size pieces, it’s an intriguing, adventurous listen, bursting with howls of energy and exotic, offbeat pop, but it loses its magic when consumed as a whole. A good debut, but there’s room for improvement.