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Released: 10.09.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there’s one thing that is abundantly clear from the very first few bars of the carnivalesque SWEET75, it’s that Sleigh Bells have absolutely no desire to conform to anybody’s expectations of what pop music can, or should, be. And why should they?

In the world of Texis, razor-sharp abrasive metal guitars and frantic hardcore drumming go hand-in-hand with sugar-coated synth hooks and widescreen pop vocals, and although that may sound like an ugly bastardisation in theory, it is undeniably lovable and sometimes profoundly beautiful in practice. It shouldn’t work, and it has no right to be as brilliant as it is, but Texis is an effortless delight, succeeding as a radical and refreshing body of work from the duo.

 

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