AOTY 2019
Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #450 / 736
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2018 Ratings: #661
May 11, 2018 / Release Date
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Wichita / Label
Tech House / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Observer
It is full of indecipherable songs, swaddling the brutal clarity of the techno DJ-producer duo’s early singles in something unpredictable, off-kilter. Choral vocals make you feel everything from terrified to strangely soothed.
80
The Skinny
It’s a creative, energised exploration of the power of both the human voice and electronic music to move us.
80
NME
Named after undulating formations of starlings, sixth album ‘Murmurations’ is about movement and space as much as their earlier albums were about minimalism and melody; from start to finish, it has the feel of sounds bouncing off the walls of a vast chamber.
80
AllMusic

Murmurations is a standout moment for Deep Throat Choir, while in the Simian Mobile Disco canon it sits as an interesting and pleasant experience but, ultimately, a sideline in their discography.

80
musicOMH

An intriguing and powerful release, Simian Mobile Disco prove with Murmurations that they are still as vital as ever.

80
The Line of Best Fit
It feels like a fitting release for the duo who’ve been going for so long. The search for new ideas is always on, and with this one, they’ve found a winner that offers something a bit different, while not alienating.
76
Resident Advisor

Whatever the mood, the music always sounds free and unlaboured. Shaw and Ford have never shied away from experimentation and risk. Murmurations is as rewarding for the listener as it must've been for the artists.

75
Pitchfork

Murmurations represents a breakthrough. It’s thrilling to imagine where Simian Mobile Disco might go next; here’s hoping they get the chance.

60
Exclaim!
It lacks both the cultural depth of world music and the dynamic disco beats of their earlier offerings.
60
The Independent
As symbiotic as much of this album is, there are times when the combination of human and machine doesn’t entirely fit.
50
Spectrum Culture
It’s always good to leave listeners wanting more, sure, but let’s hope this is more an opening salvo than the main course.
40
God Is in the TV

Sorry SMD, I love you dearly, but I’m going to blast out Delicacies for the thousandth time, and send Murmurations down the curtain to join the choir invisible where it belongs.

Z.Younk
70
The return to incorporating vocals is a nice surprise; though, this leaves a lot to be desired. The only 2 solid tracks are V Formation & Hey Sister; the rest sound like unfinished tracks, or just inferior beats that they threw vocals on to compensate. Defender is a great example, decent but not impressive production with some very corny lyrics thrown overtop.
holsgr
29
☆½ ~ Deficient, unpleasant and forgettable emptiness. Not my thing.
Super_Conzo
72
observations
- A Perfect Swarm and Defender are absolutely sublime.
- The vocal melody in V Formation makes me nauseous and I don't know why.
- You cannot chant "Hey Sister, Hey Sister" without invoking Lady Marmalade.
chunderz
78
Simian Mobile Disco's latest offering, 'Murmurations,' is a surprisingly deep album filled with tribal beats and chants. It offers reflection and escapism for the listener in its richly layered construction.
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Track List

  1. Boids
  2. Caught in a Wave (feat. The Deep Throat Choir)
  3. We Go (feat. The Deep Throat Choir)
  4. Gliders
  5. Hey Sister (feat. The Deep Throat Choir)
  6. A Perfect Swarm
  7. Defender (feat. The Deep Throat Choir)
  8. V Formation
  9. Murmuration
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