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Songs For The Summer That Never Was
on 11 June 2012
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is the alt-moniker of Orlando
Higginbottom (it truly is!), a British producer creating dance music
of the electronic variety. 'Trouble' is his debut solo outing and I
have found much to enjoy in it. It's an upbeat affair of lively tunes
and frisky beats which lends itself admirably to energetic physical
self-expression. Mr Higginbottom's voice rides fairly high on the
stave and although not the most sturdy instrument on the planet his
way with well-constructed ethereal melodies lends his work a nicely
dreamlike quality (for "dreamlike" don't read chillwave or shoe-gazey;
we've all had quite enough of that now haven't we!) The synths bloop and blip
and shimmer and his robust sense of rhythm propels these fourteen tracks
along with considerable verve and variety. If we were having any kind
of a real summer (will the rain ever stop falling!) the album would fit
well into its soundtrack. It's a top down/foot down, sun and sangria affair.
Standout tracks would have to include the deliciously funky 'Your Love'
with its happy-housey vocal decorations; the fidgety toyshop-tribal
percussive inventions of 'Panpipes'; 'American Dream Part II', a cleverly-
structured beat-fest of four-to-the-floor dark sonic matter and
penultimate number 'Fair', which, following a mild and misty introduction
finds its feet and delivers a satisfyingly engaging kick to the nether-regions.
'Trouble' is a small ray of light bent on breaking through the gathering gloom.