Saturday, 4 July 2009

Review: Discovery - LP

Discovery is the side project from members of indie elite bands Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, and is a brilliant little mix of pop, r & b and hiphop beats, combined with white-boy indie of course! Musically, it's not a million miles away from the output of mainstream american hiphop artists like Lil Wayne, as opener "Orange Shirt" demonstrates, with it's stuttering synth arpeggios, and almost falsetto processed vocals.

"Osaka Loop Line" continues in much the same way, with the stuttering synths almost competing to see just how stuttery they can get, before a 4/4 beat kicks in with a wonderfully understated chorus, complete with breathy vocals.

Things get amazingly poppy with the female vocals in "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", which is a vocal hook doomed to stay in your head for a long time afterwards. This is followed up with standout track "So Insane", a seemingly disjointed track, with drumbeats seemingly creating themselves up until 56 seconds in, where the chorus goes all half-time, and you find yourself slowdancing on your own, or you know, with whoever's in the room. It's that good.

Things are rounded off with a chilled out electro-pop cover of Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back" and then brought to a close with the eclectic "Slang Tang", ending a really weirdly good album. The only major complaints are that the tracks can seem a bit same-y, but stick this on loudly on a really nice summer day, and I'm betting that's not something you'll care about.

Rating: B

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