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Strange Talk, Cast Away (Windup Records)




Strange Talk, Cast Away (Windup Records)
CD Reviews: June 5, 2014

06/05/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Strange Talk, Cast Away (Windup Records)

Bleeding-edge house-pop experiment that evokes Empire of the Sun with brain-damaged Los Campesinos-style singing. For the benefit of the 95 percent of readers who have no idea what this might sound like, it means pretty, sped-up Orbital techno with a little Daft Punk self-effacement to it along with lots of 80s synthpop flavoring.  Like most neo-’80s material, there’s a cold desperation underneath it all, which isn’t to say this is a Depeche Mode exercise, more a whiny next-generation-techno-2.0 thing whose hooks make it a little less disposable than its peers. “Eskimo Boy” sounds like something your little brother might write after hearing a few old Howard Jones singles, and that’s the core of the matter, but “Picking Up the Pieces” is from another sphere altogether, coming dangerously close to cookie-cutter Assemblage 23-wannabe romance-goth. The title track will make you think of Madonna and your least favorite disaffected shoegaze band at the same time, meaning there’s an admitted marketability to it, even if you’ve heard all the components separately. BEric W. Saeger





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