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Having released his first album on Scottish alt-folk label Fence, Barbarossa, aka Londoner James Mathé, now crops up at a different label with an array of Casio keyboards and Rowland synthesisers.
The shift in style pays dividends, at least until a lapse into whispery introversion at the end. “Turbine” snags Mathé’s high soulful voice to a rolling funk riff while “Pagliaccio” sets a tale of loneliness to a nagging electro refrain, an intriguing contrast between compulsively precise rhythms and soaring emotive vocals.
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