14 Jan 13
In promoting their newest albums, musicians have a tenancy to make insane claims about how their record will sound when people actually hear it. Friendly Fires back in 2011 claimed that Pala would be “*NSYNC or Backstreet Boys but played with a breathless beat and weird guitar”, though it ultimately ended up sounding closer to shit. Elsewhere, almost everyone and their mothers (including such alumni as The Big Pink and Miley Cyrus) are guilty of claiming “hip hop influences” as if it gives them some shred of credibility beyond the kind of painfully white middle class circles who frequent their gigs. I could probably (probably) be forgiven, therefore, for assuming that when Chaz Bundick declared he was “trying to make sincere pop music that’s not all processed and bubblegum”, he was probably talking out of his (admittedly talented) arse. Imagine my surprise and delight, then, that when Anything In Return slid across my desk, it turned out to be exactly that – a mess of beautifully constructed, genuinely passionate pop tracks to rival the very best of that ilk. Sadly, for too long now, that LP has been trapped in the hands of hacks and enterprising internet citizens, unavailable for the masses. That changes today, because Pitchfork have the entire record (along with fuckhuge artwork) up for streaming. Look below for the link.