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Creep

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Echoes
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Alluding to a supernatural expanse, Brooklyn electronic duo Creep have crafted an album that’s dense, dark, and reflexive. Echoes is a fitting name for the debut; it’s creepy, but in a good way, each track textured to cast shadows over your ears, shedding light at the exact right moments. Known for being “synth masterminds”, Lauren Dillard and Lauren Flax thread their haunting sounds with collaborators such as Sia, Alpines, The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt. Some vocals work better than others, Call Her featuring Tricky and Alejandra de la Deheza is a little trite, and the rapping of Dark Sister in Jessica King unfortunately breaks the deep trance Creep have created, but with compelling tracks such as Vertigo and The Keys, and the very cool single Days, this can be easily overlooked. Sia entwines her notoriously emotive vocals with Creep’s gothic sounds on Dim The Lights, bringing this album to a perfect close. Dillard and Flax seem to play with genre expectations on Echoes and this makes for an intriguing listen. Their choice of collaborators weaves alternate feelings on the album, creating a distinct soundscape and although Creep leads you on their eerie journey, they certainly allow you to carve your own.

NAOMI FAYE

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