Genre/Influences: Electro-wave, technoid-pop.
Background/Info: Finlay Shakespeare is a new and young artist based in Bristol (UK). I noticed that last year he released the single “Routine” and this year unleashed its debut opus available as a double vinyl album.
Content: It’s not an easy thing to define the sound of Finlay Shakespeare, but he clearly found some of his main influences in the 80s. There’s a strong electro-wave sound running through the work, which has been completed by elements of electro-pop and vague, technnoid influences. The songs also feature vocals, which accentuates the ‘pop’ touch.
+ + + : Some songs have something ‘sexy’ and I especially refer to “Pontyclun”. Another interesting song is “Dublin” for the fusion between 80s music and techno. The tracks have been composed with great sound treatments while the mix of influences is absolutely successful. The debut song is worthy of examination to seize the global approach of the artist, but I also have to mention “Heston” (featuring Jamie Neale) for the somewhat Underworld sequences.
– – – : This album is an entertaining piece of music, but which is missing a potential hit.
Conclusion: “ Domestic Economy” sounds as an interesting experiment, which might serve as a fundamental to build a successful project.
Best songs: “Dublin”, “Heston”, “Perris”.