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Over the Atlantic, Dimensions
Reviewed by Brannavan Gnanalingam
OVER THE ATLANTICS’s November released album Dimensions is a little doozy. Eschewing the dreamy shoegazey fuzz of 2006’s excellent Junica, Dimensions finds the band much more comfortable and upfront. This newfound confidence is evident in the band’s live performances since their return from overseas, but the album itself pushes Nik Brinkman’s vocals and lyrics up to the fore. Producer-whizz Bevan Smith has crafted an ‘80s feel to the beats and textures, a kind of offering that wouldn’t have been out of place coming out in the post-punk or even 4AD hey-day. The influence of hip-hop and R&B is also evident in the syncopated and unconventional rhythms, something that is announced at the very start of the album in opening track ‘Colour of Sound’ but the melodies are as strong as ever. The band has had a tendency in the past to sound a little same-y, and this band does expand the sound out somewhat – this is perhaps more evident in the thrilling Over the Atlantic live shows. The album’s highlights include ‘Celia’, and ‘We Are All Ghosts’ with their mellifluous melodies. Another standout is album closer ‘Cocorone’. This is an excellent offering by the Over the Atlantic crew, and another testament to their undoubted talent as a band.