Sunday, January 10, 2010

FM Belfast not quite radio phwoar


TURN on, tune in, veg out - FM Belfast's electropop isn't destined to rip up many dance floors.
Instead the Icelandic outfit's How To Make Friends is a wry collection of plodding beats, buzzing synths, meandering keyboards and dry, dry vocals.
Now please don't consider the group a comedy outfit - despite subject matter such as running around the streets in your undergarments and the sad demise of VHS - because only about half of their output touches on this category.
But these moments are the only one's I'm likely to retune in to - such as the two clear stand-out tracks, the wonderfully laid-back version of Technotronic's Pump Up The Jam, Pump, and the Rage Against The Machine's festive favourite Killing In The Name cover, Lotus.
Most of the rest of this LP may as well be radio fuzz.

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