Blondes - 'Swisher'
It’s one whacking great testament to what dance music can do with a bit of imagination
8 / 10
It’s always 1992 in Sam Haar and Zach Steinman’s world, the ghosts of Underworld and Jaydee forever adding acid loops to minimalist techno and blowing our minds. The Brooklyn duo’s second album eases off on the Balearica of last year’s self-titled debut but is just as gorgeous, rippling a sad refrain over the propulsive drums of ‘Andrew’ and brightening ‘Elise’ with jaunty robot guitar. The emphasis is on soft, kinetic beats, with melodies pulled out of unpromising materials – discordant synths, laser pulses – and it’s one whacking great testament to what dance music can do with a bit of imagination. Take note, EDM fraudsters.
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