Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - RU­PERT HOWE

CARPARK, OUT NOW Soul­ful, pro­tean synth-rock from for­mer chill­wa­ver.

Once hailed as a lead­ing light on the chill­wave scene, Chaz Bundick has since man­fully re­sisted at­tempts at fur­ther cat­e­gori­sa­tion – 2015’ s Why Not? was an al­ter­na­tive funk-rock al­bum, his col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Matt­son 2 flirted with psychedelia. He even re­cently changed his name to Chaz Bear. Again on the move, this solo re­turn takes in­spi­ra­tion from both ’ 80s dance and mod­ern R&B, most no­tably the freeform ap­proach of Frank Ocean, drift­ing from Don’t Try’s taut funk to the loose-knit, Afrobeats-in­spired Win­dows and Girl Like You’s sugar-coated disco-pop. Im­mer­sive and enig­matic, it’s the work of a sin­gu­lar ta­lent, with Bundick/ Bear’s hazy, soft-fo­cus vo­cals sup­ply­ing the magic touch.

Lis­ten To: Don’t Try | Win­dows | Girl Like You

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