ALBUM REVIEW: Lontalius – I’ll Forget 17 | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 25.03.16





You’ve got to give Eddie Johnston some kudos for trying something different. The New Zealander came to prominence uploading stripped-down covers of mainstream rap tracks on to his Soundcloud page and his debut album often sounds like what would happen if Drake cosied up to Bon Iver.

He mixes R&B beats with nagging folk guitars on the likes of Kick In The Head and All I Wanna Say but the curious result is often one of prevailing tedium. He’s more engaging when he doesn’t sound like an Aubrey Graham imitator, such as on the Elbow-esque Selfless or the tender, glacial I Was More Than.

There’s some fertile shoots for the future here but you may well end up forgetting much of this collection.


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