Thursday, December 9, 2010

Best.Of.2010 Honorable Mention - Illumination

While the songs from this album have found a permanent home on the high rotation list on Triple J, it seems like the rest of the world has really slept on this fantastic release from Australia’s Miami Horror. What started as a started as a solo producer in the blog house craze of a few years ago (his Music Sounds Better With You remix is a classic) has transformed into a full live band, making dreamy disco pop in the same vein as genre heavyweights Cut Copy. And while they haven’t made a classic straight of the bat like the Cutters did with Bright Like Neon Love, Miami Horror’s debut Illumination is an album that is choc-full of pop gems and one of the best of the year for me.

Utilizing vocals from both band members and guests (Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo and Kimbra are highlights), the album is a psychedelic pop odyssey through an Australian summer. While Tame Impala used classic and psychedelic rock, and Muscles (on Guns, Babes and Lemonade) used electro to make their versions of Australia, Miami Horror instead uses disco and chillwave instead to great effect. Despite Palomo’s presence on the record, he is most definitely not responsible for the chillwave influence, his tracks being more reminiscent of his work as the electro tinged VEGA. Yet for those who find the genre to be a total drag, don’t worry, the disco and pop keeps it from ever slowing the pace of the album.

Ultimately this is an absolute cracker of a record, which was unfairly slept on by the rest of the world. Its one of those albums which sneaks up on you, it will play through before you realized you never felt the need to skip a track. If you’re currently residing in a northern hemisphere winter, do yourself a favor and cop this album. It will melt a hole through that snow for you to escape to a killer summer.

Miami Horror - I Look To You (Feat. Kimbra)

Holidays - Miami Horror and Cassian Remix by cassian88

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