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Released: 18.09.20






Popcorn Fiend, aka Michael MacLennan, originally hailing from Glasgow, releases a debut album that’s been 17 years in the making. Produced by CHVRCHES engineer David R Simpson and featuring the drumming of Ross Rankin (The Kills), it claims to occupy a space between indie synth pop and the sonic onslaught of Nine Inch Nails.

However, what actually emerges across the album has a distinct Chemical Brothers structure, albeit without their clear inventiveness, instead resorting to repeating somewhat understated and extended crescendos amid intermittent aggressive guitars. The opener Bear On Bear and penultimate track I Wish are high points, with the former’s punchy big beats and Manga-style video, while the latter swaggers with its post-punk discordance, sparse and genuinely thoughtful repeated mantra.


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