The much admired but not widely known Concretes have adopted a
disco feel for their sixth (!) album ‘WYWH’.
Not the way Calvin Harris does disco, but more like how Jamie Liddell and Roisin Murphy do it, in a much more engaging manner.
There’s a subtle build to most of the tracks, each one casually nagging away in your head until it creates a pulsating rhythm and foot-tapping refrain.
The standout ‘My Ways’ is one of the best examples of elegant dance pop you’ll ever hear, like something from ‘Debut’ era Bjork, it’s articulate and vivacious.
Much like Metronomy or Ladytron, this is dance music that sounds better at
home than on the dancefloor.
And, as is the case with those artists, that’s far from a fault. It’s music to be appreciated; to be really listened to and loved.
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‘WYWH’ is a lovely oxymoron – a cultured disco record.
Forming a punk band was almost inevitable. “But I wanted to leave that for a bit and explore something else,” The Concretes he explains, and swapping shredding guitars for blinking synths seems to be the natural way of things these days.
Crystal Castles’ Ethan Kath did it, and so did Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells, who Visions of Trees unknowingly share a fair amount of mythology with.
Like that New York duo, they were born out of one punk dude’s boredom of the scene he was in; both feature learned female singers who’ve been formally trained
(Sara is a recent performing arts graduate); and both started with the same one prerequisite.
“All I knew is that I wanted to work with a female singer, but I had no idea what I wanted to do, really,” explains Joni,
echoing what Miller told us back in May. “I just had a couple of tunes and a few ideas. Since Sara and I met though,
we’ve always had a bit of a concept of what we want to do. We’ve got a vision and we’ve just been building on that since.”
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