ALBUM REVIEW: Dutch Uncles – O Shudder | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: Monday 23rd February

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Dutch Uncles have been one of the country’s best-kept secrets of recent years. Often overshadowed by their counterparts Metronomy, Django Django and Everything Everything, the group have nevertheless released three solid efforts. O Shudder is a more electronic prospect, replete with slap bass and occasional funk-tinged vocals, and is probably the group’s most cohesive and grabbing album yet. Opener Babymaking sets the tone for a dancefloor-lite LP that still contains the band’s signature flourishes of folk strings and fluttering piano interludes. Don’t Sit Back (Frankie Said) strays the furthest out of their comfort zone, employing an unorthodox structure and sitting firmly in funk territory. It’s a brave step in a different direction that has served the band well.

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