Miami Horror, Fizzy Dino Pop, Soft Environmental Collapse
Miami Horror's music sounds vaguely familiar because it should; the brainchild of Benjamin Plant, the Melbourne, Australia-based act's music is unabashedly backwards-looking, gleefully employing elements of '80s dance tracks and not-so-deep late-'70s disco cuts. It's a nice ploy, albeit one that many a modern dance act uses. Miami Horror manages to stand out among the clutter, though, by doing it just as well, if not better, than everyone else.
Plant's long-time-coming full-length debut, Illumination, is a glimmering, shiny, almost-whimsical affair, replete with a very contemporary post-ironic nonchalance. Over the course of album's 12-song, nearly 50-minute runtime, though, it becomes clear that Plant isn't aiming for an ultra-modern cool like his chillwave counterparts; nor is he placing his tongue in his cheek like, say, Chromeo. Instead, there's a certain genuine aspect to it all. He plays well with others, too: Dallas' own Alan Palomo helms the lead vocals on perhaps Illumination's best cut, "Holidays," which sounds like the bridge Palomo's not yet been able to create between Neon Indian and VEGA.
Opening this show are two other locals: Ishi side project Soft Environmental Collapse will launch the night; meanwhile, eight-bit J-pop genius Avery Williamson's Fizzy Dino Pop will serve as direct support. And it should be quite the show from Fizzy, too: For the first time in months, this show will feature Williamson's creative partner, vocalist Yuria Hashimoto, performing live in the flesh rather than via samples.
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