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Album Review: Mi Ami - 'Steal Your Face' (Thrill Jockey)

An erratic EP whose behaviour intoxicates

If you’re doing something vaguely original in hipster guitar land today, you won’t be for long. In a subculture of culture sharks, the rip-offs are instantaneous – thus ‘lo-fi’ fuzz, beards and a dude-like drawl have torn through the hipster community of late like Californian wildfire. But no-one wants to copy Mi Ami. The San Franciscan trio suffer arcane, kaleidoscopic seizures that are often wildly embarrassing – “I felt something man, I got excited”, frontman Daniel Martin-McCormick explains on ‘Latin Lover’. “Is it cool, to get excited?” The question’s delivered in a shredded-throat screech: half-apologetic, half-goading. As the EP progresses, its erratic behaviour starts to intoxicate – ‘Dreamers’ is brains blowing in slow-mo; ‘Secrets’ misbehaves like it’s At The Drive-In on carnival drugs. In the fury of these cool-crushing rushes Mi Ami are exhilarating, roaring forwards, chasing risk like Can tied to the back of a pick-up truck and dragged across the surface of the sun.

Kev Kharas

Click here to get your copy of Mi Ami's 'Steal Your Face' from the Rough Trade shop
8 / 10

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