I absolutely don’t like his voice bare, like that. I have the same problem with other artists too, that make very atmospheric music, and then the human voice destroys all that atmosphere because it’s not processed the same way the music, so it “gets on top” of the whole listening thing. I’m personally not interesting in the human voice being the central point of the music, which is why I love music where the voice blends with the music, e.g. the old Washed Out, John Maus, the old How To Dress Well. This is just plain pop in my ears. Sure, the actual music behind is two orders of magnitude more interesting than plain pop, but the singing voice, it’s just plain R&B/pop. It’s pushing me out of the whole atmosphere.
I didn’t like where they were going in the last few years (more banal pop), but THIS is good! Well done!
Chillwave never died. This is beautiful, and it was great seeing Tycho composing in less abstract terms, but with actual hooks.
I don’t like this music video. It’s just like their previous one, only worse (less mystery/dark atmosphere). This track deserved a new idea, something interesting and intriguing. Instead, this feels like the odd cousin of the previous music video.
I love Austra’s music (I always go see them live when in the Bay Area), but I think their videos leave a lot to be desired. They could take some cues from the darker tones on videos by The Soft Moon and Forest Sword. In terms of editing and especially camera framing, this video could be a lot better IMHO.
Fully agree. “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters” was the best song on the first album too. If MGMT want to make music that people want to hear, they need to stop being making boring music (you can only hear that guy sing, and sing, and sing, etc, there’s no actual melody or interesting twist and turns anywhere).
Thumbs up! It also has a bit of Duran Duran (the Nick Rhodes influence) in there too. Overall, great new single!
I got to know Emily Reo via this legally free compilation http://getoffthecoast.blogspot.com/2010/04/eskimo-tco.html Back then at the height of chillwave, she delivered an amazing, drowsy atmosphere. I hope her new album has similar highs.
“as close as Lopatin has ever gotten to anything resembling traditional song structure”
It’s actually that quality of OPN that was the most precious to me. The fact that he broke the rules, and yet, his music made some weird sense, just like a modern Chopin would. I see no progress/value in OPN doing “traditionally-structured songs”. The specific track was so-so for me. It lacked the emotional highs, it felt too cold to me. It also felt like “I want to sound like Jean-Michel Jarre”, while his older tracks were more like “breakthrough, fresh experimental electronic”. A small distinction for some, but an important one to me. I hope the rest of the tracks in the new album offer more of an atmosphere. For example, when I hear “Replica” or “Power of Persuasion”, I’m immediately getting transported to a rainy New York. Everything kind of look ’80s (like in the Hills Street Blues TV series look, but as if set in NY), slow motion, while I observe the various happenings in the misty streets. It has such a synesthetic effect to me, it creates a whole world in my mind, it’s a trip. This new song it creates no new images to me, apart from making me feel like an emotionless robot. I guess, there might be value to that too, but I personally prefer some sensationalism.