Album review: Windmill - 'Epcot Starfields'

Dreampop memories of childhood

Inspired by a trip to Florida’s EPCOT centre, ‘Epcot Starfields’ is Matthew Thomas Dillon’s attempt to reconcile some cosmic-sized issues of mortality that popped up while perusing the theme park as a nipper. Cue expansive sonics, cloying strings and an unshakeable debt to The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. There are touching moments amid the derivativeness, particularly on ‘Epcot Slow’, when a broken-sounding Dillon laments “we want our parents to live for always” over a piano and cello backing. Still, it doesn’t take long for the quirkiness to irritate, his affected nasal vocal an attempt to sound like some Williamsburg virgin rather than a 28-year-old from Buckinghamshire. Now he’s got this off his chest, perhaps it’s time to grow up a little?

Louise Brailey

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6 / 10

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