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Album Review: Slum Sociable - Slum Sociable

23 November 2017 | 1:29 pm | Emma Salisbury

"Earworms of pleasant, purposeful electronic innovation."

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Slum Sociable's self-titled debut full-length presents an introspective approach to broader issues through the collective's tactfully illustrated earworms of pleasant, purposeful electronic innovation.

Single Castle allows the listener to lose themselves in its thumping, woofing envelopes of sound as they undulate around vocals reminiscent of Alex Turner, contrasted by clean clicks of noise, with focuses on bouncy rhythms.

A 58-second instrumental track, Rusty, presents a hypnotic electric guitar riff that develops and fades all too fast; a fleeting thought leaving the listener wanting so much more.

Treated Like The Weather provides unique musical motifs that collide in unexpected ways, as the track tumbles through its fluctuating textures creating a hazy, moody vibe.

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The album's closing track, Don't Come Back Another 100 Times, drives vehicles of synth heaven through the dappling horns, transporting pods of Miller Upchurch's radio-affected vocals through a genre-infused track that deservingly concludes the album.

Through sympathy and understanding, Slum Sociable exposes a myriad of emotion, a steady balance between the melancholy and the feel-good, restoring your power to face any Monday.

A thoughtful, beautiful work to be proud of.