Album Review Robbing Millions - Holidays Inside

Robbing Millions - Holidays Inside

A smartly paced, highly impressive listen that manages to exceed the sum of its parts.


For the first outside release on their independent label, MGMT (yes, that MGMT, they of ‘Kids’ infamy) have scouted out a seasoned songsmith from Brussels, Lucien Fraipont, to release his quietly adventurous second LP. Lucien has, in recent years, bent his ear towards an arresting style of whizzing, progressive avant-pop that bears much of the humorous, leftfield eccentricities of his patrons. Composed day-by-day within the introversions of Lucien’s home, and produced by indie-pop journeyman Shags Chamberlain (Drugdealer, Ariel Pink, Weyes Blood), ‘Holidays’ valorises the nooks and crannies of domestic comfort - tea drinking, sit down meals with the family - with a commensurately homespun sonic palette - dinky keyboards atop tick-tocking shuffles; squeaks, wobbles and scratches nesting among piquant, blossoming guitar licks. Containing barely a jot of tedium, ‘Holidays Inside’ is a smartly paced, highly impressive listen that manages to exceed the sum of its parts.

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