Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
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Porous to pop influence and mixing things up with their own strange markings
A shining highlight is ‘Piratess’, which sounds like Scott Walker fronting ‘This Is Hardcore’-era Pulp, complete with ‘solo’ played on the fast-forward and rewind buttons of a cassette player. Talking of the Walker Brother, his ‘unique’ techniques surely have an influence on the use of a flying filing cabinet crash as percussion on ‘White Shadow Waltz’.
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