ANBAD has just ceased living out of a rucksack and has a place to call home again.
This might not sound like a huge deal, but 10 months spent whittling daily necessaries down so that they fit into a bag has, simultaneously, both a wildly calming and maddening effect. It’s an interesting – if perhaps not recommended – experiment in minimalism, decision making and creative compromising.
Turquoise Memories‘ All I Need To Say has a similar dichotomy – a wilfully calm, ponderous pace, but peppered with disembodied vocals detuned to the point of anxiety.
OK, so far, so de rigueur – who doesn’t detune their vocals these days? – but as they squark over soft cascades of synth and snappy drums, you realise that some crazes catch on for a reason. All I Need To Say might take cues from its peers, but this is no crime, and the results are almost overwhelmingly euphoric.
As a side note, the sudden widespread re-appropriation of what, to these old ears, sounds a lot like mid-to-late-90’s commercial house music, is endlessly fascinating, especially when performed with as much finesse as Turquoise Memories.
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