Q (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

Post-punk an­thems shrouded in anx­ious fug. Eyedress is Idris Vicuña, a Filipino song­writer of dreamy in­die, lo-fi rap and, on this fourth al­bum, noc­tur­nal bed­room-pop. His is the mildew-y sound of self-doubt fes­ter­ing in dark rooms: vo­cals pro­cessed to a wisp and buried be­neath swarm­ing gui­tars and synths that linger like a blue funk. When he’s not play­ing anx­i­ety bingo here (“Some­times I don’t wanna ex­ist/ This world is sex­ist/Too many fas­cists/ Ho­mo­pho­bics/I’m claus­tro­pho­bic,” he riffs on Xeno­pho­bic), songs such as An­cient Love, full of churn­ing strums and yelps, are both laid-back and softly men­ac­ing. Au­ral smog smoth­ers many a neat idea, sadly, con­jur­ing the post-Deer­hunter sound of Brook­lyn la­bel Cap­tured Tracks. When the dust set­tles, as on the plain­tive Baby Girl, he sounds more like him­self. JAZZ MON­ROE Lis­ten To: Baby Girl | An­cient Love

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