Album Review Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied

Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied

It captures the finer points of Stephen Malkmus’ craftsmanship in wildly esoteric and robotic form.

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Utilising Ableton Live with a slew of drum machines, the sardonic and sloppy indie-rocker Stephen Malkmus, he of Pavement and the Jicks, has come forth with a bizarre and unsettling mix of electro synth-pop. ‘Groove Denied’ broadens both his capabilities as a songwriter and as a studio-whizz; on ‘Love The Door’ and ‘Ocean of Revenge’, longtime fans will recognise familiar traits, while on ‘Belziger Faceplant’, ‘Viktor Borgia’, and ‘A Bit Wilder’, one might make a connection to his time spent immersed in Berlin’s effervescent club scene. ‘Groove Denied’ captures the finer points of Stephen Malkmus’ craftsmanship in wildly esoteric and robotic form.

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