Fujiya & Miyagi - Ventriloquizzing

Fujiya & Miyagi have gone all dark and creepy on their fourth album and, to be honest, it’s done them a whole lot of good. Where the last album Lightbulbs was driven by sweet synth lines and poppy rhythms, Ventriloquizzing has been inspired by the topic of dummies - and thus has taken a slightly more quietly disconcerting atmosphere. ‘Sixteen Shades Of Black & Blue’ has ominous keyboards, stomping drums and the almost whispered vocals of David Best, while ‘Yo, Yo’ succeeds in making distorted fuzz and alarm-like beeps into a mysteriously catchy and subtly brilliant pop track. At times they resemble a more electronic-heavy Field Music, but it’s Best’s vocals that really stand out. His hushed voice fits the new shadowy melodies perfectly, singing about ‘Tinsel And Glitter’ in a way that might make you question how safe it is to get out the Christmas decorations next year.

Overall

7

out of 10

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