Skip to main content

Album Reviews


Music > Album Review


Shout Out Louds
- Optica

Everything is more optimistic, but without the counterbalance for the pop, the band seem in danger of sounding a little too cheesy or naff – an art school tribute to Architecture In Helsinki or the like.

Apr 17th 2013 | Label: Merge/Inertia
Much of the beauty of 2010's Work arose from the incongruence between the shimmering, deftly produced pop and the significantly more morose atmosphere that was laden throughout the album. On Optica, however, everything is more optimistic, but without the counterbalance for the pop, the band seem in danger of sounding a little too cheesy or naff – an art school tribute to Architecture In Helsinki or the like.

Not as immediately enveloping as its predecessor, it would be easy to, on first listen, chalk Optica up as little more than a reaction to Work in the form of a safe return to their earlier, shimmering and slightly over-the-top sound. They spent a year and a half in the studio self-producing album number four and the layers of orchestral flourishes – a slowed and elegant coda in opener Sugar for example, or the pastoral whispers of flute on Walking In Your Footsteps, regal horns and strings in closer Destroy – are worlds apart from the moody subtlety of Work.

While repeat listens reveal more to love in Optica, they also highlight the sad realisation that the bells and whistles are sugar-coating an album that is (with the exception of moments of brilliance like the dark disco of 14th Of July, the powerpop-cum-dream sequence that is Glasgow, or the apocalyptic vocal interjections in Hermila, for instance) largely bland and leaning on gimmicks like the Caribbean jangle of Chasing The Sinking Sun or the hip hop false start of Circles.

Comments

Related Articles


Album > Review

Shout Out Louds Optica Samantha Armatys

Shout Out Louds Optica Samantha Armatys


Poster IT

Connect with The Music

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter

Galleries

<span>Kingswood</span><br />Newtown Social Club

Kingswood
Newtown Social Club

<span>King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard</span><br />Newtoen Social Club

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
Newtoen Social Club

<span>Queen & Adam Lambert</span><br />Allphones Arena

Queen & Adam Lambert
Allphones Arena

<span>Busby Marou</span><br />Towradgi Beach Hotel

Busby Marou
Towradgi Beach Hotel

<span>Seekae</span><br />The Metro

Seekae
The Metro

<span>Knapsack</span><br />Crowbar

Knapsack
Crowbar

<span>John Murry</span><br />The Basement

John Murry
The Basement

<span>Little Dragon</span><br />Oxford Art Factory

Little Dragon
Oxford Art Factory

<span>Little Dragon</span><br />The Corner

Little Dragon
The Corner

this week's magazine

Digital Version

The Music Store

Australasian Music Industry Directory
The ultimate print sourcebook for all the contacts…
Jun 18th 2014
Arts Advertising Packages
The Music Arts Packages provide promotion in The Music…
Jun 18th 2014
Indie Band Advertising Packages
The Music Indie Band Packages provide promotion in…
Jun 18th 2014
Galleon Krueger for Sale
Galleon Krueger Bass Amplifier. 1001RB As new, current…
Jul 12th 2014
Jazz guitarists wanted for weekend jams.
We are a bass and drums unit rehearsing in St Peters…
Jul 12th 2014
Premier Sydney Punk/Rock Band seeks Drummer
One of Sydneys Premier Punk Rock Bands seeks energetic…
Jun 18th 2014

Listen