TheDas

Nevermind the sanctuary of the coffee shop or the loneliness of early hours trips to the golden arches, The/Das’s self-proclaimed ‘techno tenderness’ belongs on the vivid sprawl of the dancefloor itself. On this glistening debut album, the Berlin-based partnership bolster their emotive core with a fidgety electro spin on the airy, after hours jams of Sohn and Deptford Goth. Lead single ‘My Made Up Spook’, a departure from last year’s ‘Speak Your Mind Speak’ EP, proves both intimately bare and brashly glossy, with Friendly Fires-aping magnetism that outweighs the genre’s more insular excursions.

However, elsewhere, they’re Delphic-like in their penchant for the progressive (‘Miami Waters’) and occasional purveyors of a Metronomy-ish kookiness (‘Operation of Chance’), which all combine to make for a curious first showing. There’s a darker side on show too, with futuristic and mysterious instrumental moments that recall Daft Punk’s ‘TRON: Legacy’ (‘Somebody Is’), something which teases potential future exploration. For gyrating, art pop with a soulful tint, look no further.

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