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On the face of it, ‘Invasion Of Love’ connotes seriously negative vibes, but Simon Aldred manages to treat the ‘I’ word rather more lovingly on his debut as Out Cold. Influenced by his recent coming out, the former Cherry Ghost vocalist introduces themes that were once kept cloistered away from his friends and family; an outpouring which makes for a raw and thrilling listen.

For such an empowering record, though, he is unusually cautious when it comes to pushing the envelope sonically, scarcely swaggering beyond Cherry Ghost’s unruffled indie pop choruses to the fringes of gaudy disco funk. He dabbles safely with twirling analog synths and click-clacking programmed beats on ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’, a clandestine piano-punctuated twitcher that mulls over trying to make something of oneself, before tentatively creeping into Deptford Goth’s pensive downtempo territory via ‘Progress’’s moody guitar drawls and swooning harps. ‘Murder Black Corvette’ shines brightest here, which is lively enough but bereft of a vital ingredient: potent hooks.

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