A horrible hack

Reciprocate

Yeah Well

Year Released: 2020
Format: LP
Label: Gringo
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jan 20, 2021
Something funny going on with this lot, as though they're doing everything they can to hide their light under a bushel. I mean, the band name and the album title are about as humdrum as possible, right? And that sleeve, it's just a bit kind of there, yeah? But when it comes to the music, there's a lot of magic at work: weird, yearning, desperate love songs that sound like the singer's lifted his heart straight out of his chest and boshed it about with a hammer for half an hour. Things hint at the deceptively breezy soulfulness of Royal Headache, but rather than a full-weighted rock attack Reciprocate opt for loose, spry, unpredictable structures and a lightfooted sense of play. The jazzy drums and whistly, string-bent moments occasionally remind me of Braid, and the wistful, earnest romanticism isn't too far off in terms of spirit, either. It's a genuinely great release – immediate and at the same time odd, and full of so much heart than this cynical age might not quite know what to do with it.


Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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