BORNS, Claptone

With a slight return to New Borns this week, Jarryd listened up to Claptones and with all the excitement of the collaborative artists, it was all set for big wins but things didn’t turn out that way.  The saving grace this week was BORNS and the outstanding contribution it has made to this week’s contributions to music, an album that deserved its Well Done status that we gave it.  

Artist Claptoneclaptone

Album Title Charmer

Label Exploited

Genre Techno House

Moments Of James Curd, Lorenz Rhode

Stand Out None

With a debut album featuring the smorgasbord of artists the likes of Jaw, Young Galaxy, Nathan Nicholson, Peter, Bjorn and John, there was an expectation attached to this album. Yet it would seem all their talent amounted to mediocrity.

With songs that are written around a handful of words at most, not exactly a cardinal sing for house and electronica music, there is something especially vapid that permeates through these tracts. Add to the white noise a slather of repetitive electronica that lacks any instrumental, timing and key changes. Charmer has about as much diversity as the cast of Friends. Charmer’s tracks are completely indistinguishable from one another.

Vocal harmonies are dubiously tact on in an attempt to convince the listener they are not, in fact, listening to their phone’s pre-set ring tones. It’s difficult to not to be out right offended by the execution and presentation of the ironically named, Charmer.

Claptone’s album only conjures up the troubling but highly probably notion that this album was manufactured, not with artistic integrity in mind, but to create the simplest songs possible. To be replayed on the radio a thousand times until it’s stuck in your head and you can’t help but enjoy this, frankly, pathetic album.

Considering what our music industry pumps out on a regular basis this shouldn’t come as any surprise.


Artist  BORNSDopamine_Studio_Album_Cover

Album Title Dopamine

Label Interscope

Genre Indie-Psych-Pop

Moments Of Yeasayer, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Lana Del Ray

Stand Out Electric Love, Holy Ghost

Born in Michigan, the eccentric and bold Garret Borns achieved the title of professional musician at the absurd age of 10. After attending Kendall College of Art and Design on a scholar ship he won at the age of 13, Borns moved to New York to work on his career. Culminating in his debut studio album, Dopamine.

Garret Borns, moody, sultry vocals drip from each indi-psych-pop track. His particular brand of powerful yet fragile melodies, dreamy intergalactic instrumentals, amongst love centric tales come together in a tight nit album that is an absolute uplifting experience. Electric Love and 10,000 Emerald Pool, his two singles truly showcase these traits.

Dopamine, however, is not without its weaknesses. ‘Past Lives’ unfortunately, is rather fittingly the weakest track with a particular feeling of recycled sounds.

His lyrics tend to sound clever and interesting until further scrutiny exposes dubious lyrical choices. Lines that fail to connect with one another cohesively, in an attempt to find clever zingers. It’s also rather dull at this point to have every song on an album declaring just how much they adore their partner. A little diversity wouldn’t have gone astray.

These criticisms aside, BORNS debut studio album, Dopamine, taps into a feeling of mythical story telling that is both haunting beautiful enough to forgive these small hiccups.