Album Review: Hype Williams - One Nation (Hippos In Tanks)

An eccentric second album from the Berlin duo

Even Kasabian must be dimly aware that hauntology isn’t the study of things that go bump in the night by now, but Hype Williams make hay with the past-bothering shtick better than most. The Berlin-based duo’s second album of pink-eyed, pitched-down aural smush takes in melted R&B jams (‘Your Girl Smells Chung When She Wears Dior’), queasy pop (‘Businesslike’) and tetchy IDM (‘Warlord’).

But, lacking as it does the songwriting spark of Ariel Pink, the record lacks cohesion. Like making a time capsule and filling it full of junk, ‘One Nation’’s oddball ephemera might seem more intriguing to good citizens of the future than it does to us.

Alex Denney


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6 / 10

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