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Dutch Uncles, O Shudder (Memphis Industries Records)




Dutch Uncles, O Shudder (Memphis Industries Records)
CD Reviews: February 26, 2015

02/26/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Dutch Uncles, O Shudder (Memphis Industries Records)

Like Vampire Weekend, the stock-in-trade of this British quintet is polyrythmic opulence, the sort of backbeats that make you think of Police and someone else at the same time. The “someone else” in VW’s case is usually David Byrne, but these guys are a bit less mechanical in their delivery, yet more in-your-face vocally, almost like a tolerable, grown-up version of Muse. This album displays even more maturity, opening with “Babymaking,” its winding, skeletal beat evoking Spandau Ballet after a marathon Orb listening bender, which is to say evilly poppy but not without a unique faux-mawkishness to it. “Upsilon” is even cooler, fronting a rhythm that does more with the Nintendo sound than I can remember encountering recently, all before it chills down to a vacation-mode Pet Shop Boys imitation. A lot goes on in that song, arpeggios and flourishes flitting in and out like smiley-faced bats in a belfry, and then there’s the odd time signature in the obviously 1980s-checking “Don’t Sit Back (Frankie Said)” — OK, this is one of those English bands that drips pop genius, and if you let it in, it’ll do your soul some good. Just a superb band. A+  — Eric W. Saeger





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