It’s easy to forget that, in the 4 years that they weren’t friends, that Blink 182 did anything other that horrendously age and fluctuate weight, but there are still remnants of those days lost. In amongst all the reality television flops and aeroplane crashes, the trio managed to form a couple of bands. Dull, insipid and derivative of their own earlier work, Angels and Airwaves bored almost everyone, whilst counterparts +44 didn’t do much better. The latter, at least, has something to hold on to now.
Mark, Tom and Travis have gone back to their day jobs, but it’s taken a man called Matt from Tampa to make anything from their downtime even remotely interesting. recording under the name Luminary Youth, he uses his debut LP, ‘Paper Constellations’, to showcase both his own work and a series of delicately handled remixes. Whilst Boards of Canada and Washed Out both sound utterly rejuvenated by these slick, hip-hop beats being applied to them, +44’s Little Death thankfully sounds like a whole new beast entirely. This is less an an album, more a showcase of what this young talent can do with limited resources, creating a smorgasbord of samples and beats to tantalise and tease.