Hyetal

Commonly touted as one of the young heirs to Bristol’s ‘Purple’ throne, if there’s one thing David Corney has always delivered, it’s depth. Perhaps more of a prince in ideology than execution, his slide from beatific dubstep funk towards the sultry side of synthwave helped turn out breathless debut album, ‘Broadcast’, and the retro styles and sprawling cinematics he journeyed through on that LP have endured. But where that set hit loud and crisp with clipped percussion and occasional busy urgency, ‘Modern Worship’ feels much more of a slow jam.

With its drizzling synth, interstellar space signals and sweet binary bleep, it’s a collection melted down by high production values and clinical sequencing that neither drops nor pops. It’s a cautious variety that glides instead of jilts through styles, with Corney’s gilded touch the silent driving force behind the falsetto velvet crush of ‘Four Walls’, the heavy M83 sighs of ‘This City is Ours’, and the jagged melody on standout effort, ‘Jam the Network’. That measured balance also lets tracks like ‘Lovers’ hit with a Miami bounce and 8-bit breaks, the psychedelic skitter of ‘Northwest Passage’ steam like a New York street, and ‘Cloud Bridge’ cast a neon-glaze over a shimmering city skyline. More silky than spectacular, then, ‘Modern Worship’ is another creeping triumph, and a pitch-perfect set that plays out beautifully.


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