ALBUM REVIEW: Death & Vanilla – To Where The Wild Things Are | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 04.05.15

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After a slew of very limited releases, it’s fortuitous that Death & Vanilla’s first widely available album is easily their best. To Where The Wild Things Are once again sees the Swedish duo tap into a well-mined seam of influences – library music, United States Of America, Delia Derbyshire, Silver Apples (explicitly so on opener Necessary Distortions) – but what makes this album stand out is the way they’ve turned those influences into something akin to pop music, a shimmering fusion of Broadcast and St Etienne. The first side is a languid, hazy trip, whilst side two is a little darker, a little more unsettling, harking back to their earlier releases. Always intriguing, often amazing, D&V have produced a perfect summer album.

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