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Fenech Soler

Demons

(B-Unique; US: 7 Apr 2011; UK: Import)

UK indie dance act make US debut

One of the dancier nu rave bands, confidently concentrating on the “dance” in dance punk, pretentiously named Fenech-Soler are luckily anything but pretentious on their records. But although first single “Stop and Stare” was blissed out, emotional and a plane ride away from an Ibiza anthem, the melodramatic, hook-happy second single “Lies” was borderline irritating.


So it’s a relief to see the album’s dark highlight, “Demons”, pushed into the spotlight for their third promo and their first in the US. A comfortable middle ground between simplicity and bombast, “Demons” plays like a troubled Cut Copy, in the spirit of latter-day Bloc Party but without the overproduction; synths pulsate but never oppress, and singer Ben Duffy merely suggests a sing-along without sounding desperate (see “Lies”). Albeit by no means a classic in its genre, “Demons” showcases mature songwriting that suggests Fenech-Soler are no flash in the pan.

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24, based in London. Love Pop, Bass, Moombahton and Bon Iver. Not a music snob by any means. I keep a pop music blog, with frequent tips, lists and mixes I have made. >>> www.givepopachance.blogspot.com.


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