Boy In Static Newborn
- Words: Anna Balkrishna
- Label: Alien Transistor
At first listen, the first full-length from Boy in Static (23-year-old Alex Chen) sounds strangely familiar, though it‘s hard to pinpoint from whence the déjà vu springs. Is this Múm meets My Bloody Valentine? Mouse on Mars meets Sparklehorse? With rather astonishingly fine production (Chen plays almost all the instruments here and created the whole album from his bedroom), Newborn harkens back to all these and more, striking a delicate balance between the pinprick micro-circuitry of Chen‘s laptop and the lo-fi fuzz of his acoustic guitar and hushed vocals. It‘s official, kids: Indietronica is the new emo.
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