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Oberhofer - 'Notalgia EP'

Reference points flit between decades like it’s no big deal, switching from a flash of Strokesy New York-isms here to some ’80s synths there

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  • Release Date 15 Jul, 2013
  • Record Label Glassnote
8 / 10
Brooklyn’s Brad Oberhofer lost a close friend to drugs last year, and as a result his band’s second slice of recorded material is far more serious than their wide-eyed debut, ‘Time Capsules II’. Despite the sombre subject matter, though, there’s positivity in the sweetened melodies of ‘Got Your Letter’ and the contemplative, spoken-word ending of ‘Together/Never’: “It’s July 26th, 2012, and I’m coming to terms with death”. It all puts the forward-looking title of the EP into a morbid, yet hopeful, context. ‘You + Me (Still Together In The Future)’ hopes for better times and fizzes with harmonic rushes and sparkling guitars, while the hazier tones of ‘Earplugs’ take on the hue of RealEstate. Oberhofer’s reference points flit between decades like it’s no big deal, switching from a flash of Strokesy New York-isms here to some ’80s synths there. The only dip is the slightly pointless 20-second instrumental, the impossibly titled ‘-’, which has no place being on an EP so short.

Lisa Wright

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