“Foam Island has some of Darkstar’s best songs, and the tones are varied considering the downcast subject matter. “Go Natural,” a slice of peppy and orchestral electro-pop, is the odd one out, while the acid-tongued “Pin Secure” recalls slinky, post-millennial R&B in its mechanical herky-jerk. With concise, often poetic lyrics, the duo address the grind of daily life in a society moving towards austerity (“Through The Motions”) and the plight of a new generation born into it (“Stoke The Fire,” “Foam Island”). Sung through Whalley’s reedy high register, the words are powerful but ephemeral—at one moment his voice hovers above the electronics, only to dissolve into them the next.” –Resident Advisor 4/5

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