Album Review: Dutch Uncles – ‘Cadenza’

Instrumental brilliance meets musical incompetence

Shut up about time signatures! So bands can have multiple thoughts simultaneously? Whoopty-doo! There’s more to a good record than besting the listener and this one is baffling. Despite sounding like two Dartz! albums playing at the same time, ‘Cadenza’ somehow manages to come off completely underdeveloped and sometimes just plain odd.

The title track falls somewhere between an overfussy Your Twenties track and a Foals live session, recorded at gunpoint. As an instrumental album it’s vaguely impressive, but overall it’s incomplete and lacks the pop touch to transform things from cerebral to listenable.

Rebecca Robinson

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