The day that Badly Drawn Boy starts using synth samples and garage band, you know that the world as we know it is coming to an end. It seems that his fans might not be as far removed from modern music culture though, dragging themselves from the cultural underbelly of York (the old one, that is) to make shimmering, reverb laden pop music that you swear you’ve heard before, but still makes you want to dance anyway.
The aesthetic has been talked about so many times before that it barely makes sense to talk about, though this is imagery taken more from the front of the box of a decent video game than taken from a 60’s family photobook. Those who have yet to experience Washed Out’s Life of Leisure will be blow away the 4 tracks on Bewilderbeast’s ‘Slow it Down’ E.P., and those who’ve already played it to death will probably be just as grateful anyway. This isn’t new or exciting anymore, but there’s no denying that these nostalgia-tinged tunes and fuzzy melodies still hit the spot more than most. God knows how the two piece would manage to translate it live, but this is an era in which bands don’t really have to think within those limitations any more.