Like a good new party drug ‘Lesser Evil’ finds a sweet spot more often than not if you let it

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Doldrums - 'Lesser Evil'

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Doldrums – ‘Lesser Evil’

In the mood to have your mind twisted? Then dive into 22-year-old Canadian Airick Woodhead’s experiments. This, his debut, is thrilling and chaotic and, at its peak, catchy like Grimes. ‘She Is The Wave’ is nasty electronica, ‘Egypt’ has some soaring, looped vocals and ‘Anomaly’ is based around what sounds like a lost Pet Shop Boys hook. If you’d like your mind to stay where it is thanks, avoid the way-too-busy ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Lost In Everyone’, which sounds like a Thom Yorke leftover. But like a good new party drug, ‘Lesser Evil’ finds a sweet spot more often than not if you let it.
Siân Rowe