That the band has named themselves after an Amsterdam park is clearly no coincidence, listening to the album on a loop, it’s not hard to transport yourself to a hot summer’s day, lying with the grass underneath you, staring up at the clouds drifting across a blue sky, in a state of (ahem) relaxation. While the vocals are often unintelligible, emerging from the haze and then receding again before taking on any clear form, they often serve a more rhythmic and atmospheric function, as on the album’s title track. The band’s influences clearly range far and wide, Rainsbury has claimed such on this album from Arthur Russell to Drake, they never seem in thrall to them, however, choosing instead to craft their own brand of drowsy, bedsit electronica. It’s an approach that has paid dividends, resulting in a fine album of rich, smooth, sunset-songs.
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