Perhaps being in the right frame of mind to review this album at the moment, i.e. relationship difficulties, though it might cloud me more towards being highly favourable to it, fuck it. Here’s the review.
Not really knowing what to expect with this, it had been a long while since I had listened to any of Dev Hynes music, although had heard some of his production work for Solange. I was surprised by the album when playing it through yesterday evening, having spent the afternoon listening to Happiness’ debut album from last year seemed perfect match, since Dev and Adam are mates; and both albums have a very similar feel. Think saxophones, 80s funk, New Jack Swing, and old school hip hop.
A strong album as a whole, I find it difficult to pick out any highlights, I really rate Chosen due to the fact that it reminds me of one of my all time guilty pleasures Mike and the Mechanics “The Living Years.”
Following on from similar themes explored in Exo, Young Chronos mashes up 90s techno and operatic vocals. Think ‘The Fifth Element’ soundtrack if Orbital and Fluke had have worked alongside composer Eric Serra.
As an old fart who spent my teenage years listening to this kind of music, mainly while playing Wipeout on the Playstation (perhaps I’ve just heard Atom Bomb one too many times!) I thought Young Chronos was fantastic and really worked as a whole.
With any luck it can’t be long before the duo are tapped to soundtrack one of these modern takes on the sword and sandal films. You know the type Zack Synder makes.
The album is available as a free torrent from P.B. (and its proxies) or as a limited USB token (pictured above) on the Presto label.