Music A.M.

Whispered vocal clusters, busy laptop beats, and an occasional brass arrangement drive the electronic pop pieces on Music A.M.'s third album. Unwound from the Woods was mixed in the Welsh mountains, and bears lofty, expansive psychedelia in its eleven sleepy tracks — notably in the swirling chime coda of "Ten Ton Truck" and the lethargic tremolo stutter of "Miercoles." Scottish vocalist, novelist, and guitarist Luke Sutherland plucks harmonics rather than chords on "I Was Born to Make You Happy," deepening the bubbling current of plodding beats, Rhodes loops, and his infrequent soulful mantra. Though the album's dense vocal portions lack a truly lifting or catchy melody, they're often rich with back-up accompaniment.
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Dominic Umile