Album Review: The Hidden Cameras - 'Origin: Orphan'
Indie heroes finally make good their live promise
Bold and brassy from the start, it sweeps away any memories of stripped-down last effort ‘Awoo’ with a flurry of foreboding harmonies, dramatic strings and trotting drums. The opening note of six-minute epic ‘Ratify The New’ is sustained for what seems like aeons, heightening tension and, gulp, leaving NME frazzled, dry-mouthed and yet, oh so content by the time it has had its way with us. Things lighten up a from here-on in (they couldn’t get much more intense) as recent single ‘In The Na’ ushers in an abundance of playful melodies which trip along sweetly, buoyed by blasts of horns and orchestra, colliding head-first into synths, flutes, growling riffs and the tip-tap rhythms of a typewriter. What fun!
‘Origin: Orphan’ is the sound of The Hidden Cameras finally proving they can make records as wham-bam powerful as their performances, with deliciously sumptuous results. About time too; confidence suits them.
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