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My Best Fiend - 'In Ghostlike Fading'

Hardly the start of a new era, but there’s promise here

  • Release Date 27 Feb, 2012
  • Producer Matt Boynton
  • Record Label Warp
6 / 10
There’s a real millennial feel to the debut from these Brooklynites – and we don’t mean they’re all angsty about the Y2K bug and nu-metal. No, the tousled five-piece’s epic harks back to ’90s psych Americana – the vocals of Fred Coldwell, from the same school The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne attended, are bathed in the grand atmosphere that mid-period Mercury Rev so excelled at creating. ‘Jesus Christ’ and the title track, shrouded in reverb, are standouts, but elsewhere, as on the overwrought ‘One Velvet Day’, My Best Fiend only channel the most tedious moments of Spiritualized. They’re hardly bringing in a new era, but there’s definite promise here.

Tom Pinnock

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