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An­thro­pocene AwAl 5/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - DANIEL DY­LAN WRAY

Carl Sa­gan-in­spired post-rock fails to as­cend

This de­but al­bum, the solo project of British-Venezue­lan singer and pi­anist Javier Walli, ex­plores a mu­si­cal nar­ra­tive re­volv­ing around the Carl Sa­gan quote: “an or­gan­ism at war with it­self is doomed.” The al­bum’s oc­ca­sional doom-tinged tones may try to cap­ture a state of eco­log­i­cal col­lapse but its overly dra­matic pi­ano lines and soar­ing, an­guished and often bom­bas­tic vo­cals – think John Grant with­out the re­straint and hu­mour – strug­gle to of­fer much of any­thing. The eerie cin­e­matic rum­bles of tracks such as “Ver­guenza” un­furl nicely, but all too often the al­bum feels trapped in a for­mu­laic and repet­i­tive post-rock tem­plate.

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