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Released: 03.04.20

 

 

 

 

 

Yves Tumor’s astonishing new album finds Sean Bowie transcending his electronic roots in favour of huge, apocalyptic art rock songs and bruised, soul-flecked ballads. Anchored by nimble basslines and distorted, clattering drums, the album’s first half bristles with nervous energy, with Bowie’s remarkable voice twisting and breaking expressively.

Kerosene! is one of the most thrilling songs I’ve listened to this year; a post-industrial Purple Rain for the 2020s, with guest vocalist Diana Gordon performing a star turn alongside Bowie, wailing and screaming in unison with a truly audacious guitar solo. The album’s latter half is unusually vulnerable and sincere for Yves Tumor, the artist crooning in falsetto over lush, roughly looped clouds of guitar and electric piano. An early highlight of 2020.

 

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