Childhood

In the instance of music criticism, it’s always best to never trust your initial impressions: while some of the greatest albums ever recorded don’t sound particularly good on first listen, others with immediate appeal often reveal themselves to be hollow at the core.

Childhood’s debut album pertains to the former: on first inspection, ‘Lacuna’ sounds like a paradigm of every indie record this side of the 21st century; opener ‘Blue Velvet’ is musical bait for every journalistic cliché that the term ‘indie’ has appropriated – lo-fi, jangly, blissed-out – and with that it becomes a direct counterpart to Real Estate’s ‘Days’, an album that, for all its merits, suffers from a languid aesthetic that has seen countless imitations.

On closer inspection, however, this debut album has a hidden depth that is manifested within its genre defiance. From the tightly packaged pop of ‘Solemn Skies’ to the electronic experimentation of ‘Tides’, an affinity for the ’80s and ’90s is distinct, but it hints at more varied influences, and it’s this aptitude for melody and nuance that really prevails.

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