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Reindeer Flotilla – Forgiven [Review]

Reindeer Flotilla – Forgiven [Review]

Straight from sessions in a wine bar in LA, this drowsy banger from Reindeer Flotilla graces our ears, using an 80s melodramatic pop aura to present a fantastically boppy beat.

Weirdly enough, the first thing that shouts out to me is the film ‘Donnie Darko’. I think it’s the shallow feel that protrudes from the smooth lying rhythm section that engenders a comforting, yet uneasy vibe, reminding me of the first time I watched the classic film – empty yet intrigued. However this impression is soon shattered by a stupendous bass line that makes you want to tap your foot like there’s no tomorrow. The two opposites are crafted in such a way that works amazingly, leaving you satisfyingly conflicted, while still making you groove to the underlying beat. It’s not far off something that Suede would have created, with an ambiance like you are listening to something from the past, even though you are in modern times.

The most striking thing about this cut is the light, shoegazy vocal pattern that is so prominent throughout. It’s clearly intentional, as it saunters over the resonant, yet understated sonic instrumentalization, giving an uplifting boost to the otherwise macabre core sound of the tune. It’s this juxtaposition that makes you want to come back for more and more.

Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long for future material from this two-piece from LA, as they have already been in the studio last month. Lets hope they continue this awesome vibe that has proved successful for similar bands and really make their mark in 2018.


Review by Tom Crowder

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