Now up on Singles Going Steady, electro poppers Silicon will release their debut album Personal Computer on August 28th via Weird World.
I’m not necessarily entirely huge on the electronic funk that Silicon seems to be bringing to the table, but I can definitely appreciate it for what it is from a technical standpoint. He’s being remarkably clean-cut with their mastering for a debut release, and that’s something that I think will carry them far within their respective lane. A bit too calculated to be quite sensual to me, which seems to be what the song is trying to evoke, though I know there’ll be plenty who’ll dig it all the same. -- JONATHAN FRAHM [6/10]
There's something about the squawking little riff that I just love. It reminds me of all those happy little accidents that a band innocuously makes, and realizes a song can be built around it. The cheery playfulness reminds me of Hot Chip's more upbeat funk moments. I'll take this brightness in indie pop any day. -- ADRIEN BEGRAND [7/10]
Kody Nielson’s latest offering is a pleasant if rather unremarkable slice of electro-pop with a skittery bassline and bits of jagged guitar. Neilson is clearly talented but it’s all a bit too mannered and lacking in conviction. “Burning Sugar” inhabits territory that other artists -- Hot Chip, for instance -- have mined far more successfully. It’s not original or compelling enough to make much of an impact. -- CHRIS GERARD [6/10]
Welcome to the retro-future, where old technology rules and new technology bows to the past. The prevailing video metaphor suggests that we are all going to burn (there's a burning speaker, television, typewriter, candle, and cigarette), but the music bops along and like sugar, never catches fire. The syrupy result has a positive vibe; the taste of sugar is sweet, but the repetition can grate like crystals in an unmixed drink. -- STEVE HOROWITZ [7/10]