Electronic indie darlings pump out mechanical love on disappointing third album
Junior Boys drew inspiration for the album from the
animation of Norman McLaren, an artist who married the movement of
shapes with pulsing noise and symphonic overtures. This explains much of the record's blase flow as a minimalist, primary-color event full of midi tempos
monotony, but '80s funk seems to be the more tangible aesthetic at work. Their previous kaleidoscopic swirls of pitch and cadence are truncated into
straight-laced wah-pedal beats (“The Animator”) and grating synth
(“Hazel”). By the time Greenspan coos “Work it baby, work it” on the
track, the album’s single-minded libido practically drips out of the speakers. The album works strictly on a primitive level; it’s simple and sultry, but completely lacks mystique in its glaring mix of major-chord white noise. While there's decent fun to be had here, the Junior Boys have disregarded the dynamic intrigue of their previous work.
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