Baltimore-based musician Adventure's eponymous debut is an accelerated 8-bit odyssey, a nostalgic trip for those who remember kicking back with a Megadrive or SNES in their early teens, and probably completely baffling to anyone else. Think Dan Deacon (a fellow link in the chain of quirky arts collective Wham City) or Crystal Castles on Ritalin.

I promised myself I wouldn't shoehorn any video-game analogies into this review, but the album's highlight Battle Cat (yes, it's named after the character from He-Man) really does capture that adrenaline rush of trying to beat an end-of-level boss when you're almost out of health, an assaulting sonic array of synapse-frying waves of bleeps and glitches. It would have made a great end to the album, and probably should have been - even winding up at around 40-minutes it's still too long.

The lack of any vocal hooks coupled with the obvious pitfalls of making music with such a limited musical spectrum means the cuts begin to melt into one and there isn't a lot of reason to return it. Cue a joke about lack of replayability.



out of 10

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