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Album review: Silver Columns - 'Yes And Dance' (Moshi Moshi)

Bloggers' delights tarnish a bit stretched over a whole album

In a memo not lost on these smart fellas, Bob Dylan once said that “people have one great blessing – obscurity”. Rumours as to the duo’s secret identity flew when their disco anthem ‘Brow Beaten’ got bloggers’ bits tingling last year – was it Digitalism in disguise? A smash-and-grab raid on credibility from Erasure? A disenfranchised member of a ’90s garage crew? As it turned out, Oxide & Neutrino fans would have to simmer: the Columns were, er, Fridge collaborator Adem Ilhan and The Pictish Trail, alias Johnny Lynch. Debut album ‘Yes And Dance’ subscribes to the Hot Chip dictum of brainy electro-pop with a heart of gold, but the comparison doesn’t always flatter. ‘Cavalier’ sounds like Bernie Sumner channelling Axel F – only faintly posh – and the title track makes hay with a bog-standard keyboard riff and Kraftwerk-ish, treated vocals. Less pandering material like ‘Columns’ and ‘Way Out’’s soft-pedalled rave finale prevent this from being as cosily predictable as a Guardian think-piece in praise of The Wire.

Alex Denney
6 / 10

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