As we await the deluge of new releases due in 2019, I thought I would revisit one that passed me by later on in 2018. Lavine is the sophomore effort from Swedish electronic producer David Elfström Lilja a.k.a Moist.
The whole album draws on a downbeat pop-EDM vibe that I’m sure would work well in the chill out areas over the summer on the Med’s party islands. Ultimately though, despite pretentions to something more that the sum of it’s whole, this piece of work will struggle to lift itself out of the crowded low-key pop-dance market filled with poppy, soft inoffensive female vocals.
There are some moments of quality in there. Saga may be the prelude to the album but offers some quiet, solo piano-based, spaced-out moments that promise much. Worlds Collide is a competent piece of EDM that shows why Moist is probably better know as a remixer rather than an artist in his own right. Firefly offers upon a relentless dirty bass-heavy synth track that rolls through the song and lifts it above some of the mediocrity around it.
However, those moments are few and far between and most of the album tracks are virtually indistinguishable from one another. Moist clearly has talent and a good ear for a pop tune – I just feel he needs to take a bit more of a chance with his next effort rather than sticking in the cosy aural cocoon he has constructed for himself.
Standout track: Firefly
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