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>The Cairos</span><br />Newtown Social Club

The Cairos
Newtown Social Club

<span>Damon Albarn</span><br />Sydney Opera House

Damon Albarn
Sydney Opera House

<span>Festival Of The Sun 2014</span><br />

Festival Of The Sun 2014

<span>Adelaide Uni Open Night</span><br />

Adelaide Uni Open Night

<span>The War On Drugs</span><br />Metro Theatre

The War On Drugs
Metro Theatre

<span>Moana</span><br />Leederville Hotel

Moana
Leederville Hotel

<span>Hiatus Kaiyote</span><br />Metro Theatre

Hiatus Kaiyote
Metro Theatre

<span>The Datsuns</span><br />Astor Lounge

The Datsuns
Astor Lounge

<span>Phosphorescent</span><br />Oxford Art Factory

Phosphorescent
Oxford Art Factory

this week's magazine

Digital Version
A Festival Called PANAMA Airlie Beach Music Festival Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Beyond The Valley Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival BIGSOUND Bleach Festival Blue Mountains Music Festival Blues At Bridgetown Bluesfest Breakfest Brisbane Festival Brunswick Music Festival Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival Caloundra Music Festival Campfire Festival CMC Rocks The Hunter CoLAB Deni Ute Muster Dungog Festival Earth Frequency Festival Fairbridge Folk Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Festival Of The Sun Follow The Sun Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Golden Plains Gorgeous Festival Great Southern Blues Festival Groovin The Moo Groovin The Moo Groovin The Moo Groovin The Moo Groovin The Moo Groovin The Moo Gympie Music Muster HyperFest JamGrass Music Festival Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival Just For Laughs Kyneton Music Festival Let Them Eat Cake Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Lost Paradise Melbourne Music Week Meredith Music Festival Mitchell Creek Rock 'n' Blues MOFO Mountain Sounds Mullum Music Festival Nannup Music Festival National Folk Festival Newtown Festival Noosa Jazz Festival NYE On The Hill Origin NYE Originals Music Festival Out On The Weekend Outlet Music Festival OutsideIn Paradise Music Festival Party In The Paddock Perth Festival Poison City Weekender Port Fairy Folk Festival Queenscliff Music Festival Rainbow Serpent Festival Riverboats Music Festival Rottofest Saltwater Freshwater Festival Soulfest Soulfest Soulfest Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Southbound Splendour In The Grass St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Strawberry Fields Subsonic Sugar Mountain Festival Sydney Country Music Festival Sydney Festival Sydney Fringe Festival Tamworth Country Music Festival The Blurst Of Times Festival The Hills Are Alive Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering Urban Country Music Festival Valley Fiesta Vanfest WAM Festival West Coast Blues & Roots Festival WOMAdelaide Wonderland Woodford Folk Festival Yours And Owls

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