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.
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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.