Released: Oct 2010
England's Darkstar started out making crackling dubstep with a curious chip-tune flair, a bit like Burial recreated on a Commodore 64. But on their debut album, they sound like a different band entirely, losing the low-end pressure and wobbly lurch in favor of clean, melancholic synth pop, complete with aching (but fortunately, understated) vocals. Despite the change in direction, they sound like they've been doing this their whole lives, with a fluid, intuitive fusion of '80s signifiers and modern sound design, and a knack for melodies that get under your skin.
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