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 [b]‘Ratify The New’[/b] 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 [b]‘In The Na’[/b] 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!
[b]‘Origin: Orphan’[/b] is the sound of [a]The Hidden Cameras[/a] 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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