THE FAME RIOT- ‘Dust Funk’

The Fame Riot (f)

Things get off quite neatly with ‘Try To Be Better’. It has this indie pop sensibility to it that is easy to get behind. There is a controlled texture in the tempo which is easily accentuated. The pick up keeps to a steady and resolute showing of form. That in itself is remedied by the vocals and how collectively everything follows a sensible outline. On second track ‘Physical Altercation’ however things fall off. The intro is weak and it lacks the weight to carry it all off. Again it is steady but where it falls short is too evident. How it comes to pass makes use oft he definition of the pop sensibilities but it plays things a bit too safe and loses ground for that approach. You are impressed though by the richness of the synth on ‘Limits’. This is more like it. As the retro calling is cornered it is parked off and the rest of the tune develops alongside the nouveau calling that is provided carefully for in how it is all processed. Found in the lyrics is an equally bright calling taht shows real smarts. This is an approach that adds a great deal to the mix and you note how they considerably up their game with this track.

The clean cut of ‘Heart Stray’ maintains the consistency that is now apparent. With the sense of revelry that is etched across on the delivery you are caught up by it all. The course way that the beat is condensed envelops it in a colourful way that cleanly catches the running with real flair. In some ways there is a digital calypso tempo in how it is styled that is also incredibly chic. We then come to ‘Get Lost’ which has a heavier drum and bass connection. That is not a bad thing either. It allows a more steady approach to come off everything. In the heavier showing there is a lot to be admired, especially as things are closed down with the more compact elements giving it lift where required. Brimming with appeal in terms of how the casual flight takes you along for the ride is
‘I Like The Way You Move’. The inviting way it all plays through is incredibly rich. Hiding away on this is an impeccable sense of fluidity which lights it all up. The brass aspects also add a desirable hint to it all and the way it comes through livens it all up but does so in a commendable way which retains a sense of consistency to match the textured approach on show. The final track here is ‘Let My Heart Go’. This sees things slow down initially but what they do here is just play. The music is strong to carry things by themselves here and it is refreshing to be able to sit back and listen to a song that is being delivered by a band as they lose themselves in the music. That is what helps make it a very suitable closing track also.

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