09.08Gayngs – “Relayted”
(Sweet Jesus, that’s smooth.)
But Relayted goes far beyond those art-prank aims, the album sounds fucking gigantic. It’s this incredible mix of Massive Attack, Chris De Burgh/Simple Minds (“Lady in Red”), Bryan Ferry, Sade, ’90s radio R&B, and This Mortal Coil. Olson has drafted in the proverbial cast of thousands to flesh out his orchestra of the damned — members of Bon Iver, Solid Gold, Megafaun, Rosebuds, and Lookbook all throw their best loverman poses and diva shapes. No two songs sound alike; haunting ballads flow into codeined grooves, stitched together by tribal drum interludes and dark globe feedback. In that regard, Relayted reminds me most of This Mortal Coil’s Flligree and Shadow, where towering standards were undercut and interspersed with sound experiments and melancholy string pieces. And, yet, fuck me if Relayted wouldn’t be perfect music on an eternal loop at a fan-ceeeeeee restaurant.
Read the full review at Ink 19.