SJD: Elastic Wasteland

NICK WARD
Last updated 12:47 29/11/2012
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One of the things that makes Sean Donnelly one of the brightest stars in Kiwi music is his compulsion to explore new avenues with his electronica-pop creations.

He's using a darker, quieter voice for Elastic Wasteland, and the result is like a soundtrack for night driving with a lost soul.

His new mood descends like a grey blanket with the retro synth pulse of Make Love Ask Questions Later and Empty World, and he continues cruising through a cold, atmospheric fog in Lena, Jumping Over Fences and the instrumental Hypnotised By Roads.

Light appears in These Are the Names, to illuminate the teenage mind, and Donnelly continues to add more details as he goes along, observing the sordid details of a party in On the Driveway, sharing a faded star's regrets in Song of Baal, and enjoying a darker sort of Kiwi day at the beach in Wolves.

This lacks the bright details of Donnelly's previous work, but his refusal to stand still is what's important.

Best tracks: Lena, Song of Baal

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.

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