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Penguin Prison, Lost in New York (Downtown Records)




Penguin Prison, Lost in New York (Downtown Records)
CD Reviews: April 16, 2015

04/16/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Penguin Prison, Lost in New York (Downtown Records)

One of the major mags compared this to Hot Chip, saying it exhibited “similarly good songwriting.” I’m one of those rare people who thought Hot Chip kind of sucked, but I definitely heard some very encouraging tuneage on this second LP from New York-based DJ Chris Glover, guested here and there by sympatico electro-pop acts such as MNDR and Oliver. The album rolls out with “Try to Lose,” which sucks you into the vibe immediately: July evenings, sizzling asphalt and gooey melodies that immediately stick in your head whether you want them to or not. It’s a multi-genre mutt of a song, a little jazzy-funky, a little 1970s-radio-bubble, precisely a hundred times more accessible/listenable than your basic Warp Records-worshipping laptop guy could accomplish, catering to kids who are too old for LMFAO and even, well, indietronica in general. In “Show Me the Way” (and even more so, “Never Gets Old”), Glover becomes a one-man boyband, excavating sounds from NSYNC and feeding them into a Modest Mouse compiler. Friendly, carefree, very indie but very catchy — all things considered, this could easily turn out to be the most relevant beach-chill album of the year. B+Eric W. Saeger





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