Dance Music

Mastersystem - Dance Music
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #58 / 608
User Score
Based on 20 ratings
April 6, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Physical Education / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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God Is in the TV

Honest, sore, delving deep and pouring out the revelations of a soul searcher, Mastersystem’s Dance Music will be well recognisable to seasoned Frabbits fans – which is an excellent thing.

Comprised of heavy, fuzzy riffs and upbeat percussion, it feels more awake and lively than his downtempo, comparatively meek Frightened Rabbit or Owl John projects.
The Skinny
Much as Hutchison as a songwriter, and Frightened Rabbit at their collective peak, are excellent, one of the last adjectives one would use to describe them is "fun". So what a pleasure it is to hear this new project which, while lyrically still filled with the (increasingly ageing) concerns and anxieties Hutchison is known for writing about, is musically reminiscent of all your favourite early 90s alt-rock and indie bands.
It harks back to the star-reaching noise of Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Mogwai at their most visceral, and a lot of ’90s alt-rock – and yet it sounds like a scorchingly promising debut from a band formed yesterday.
It’s sonically self-conscious, yet done with such love, such precision, that it’s difficult to shrug off. It’s bold, carefree, and gripping throughout.
Drowned in Sound
Of course normal service will be resumed later this year when both Editors and Frightened Rabbit hit the road but for now, this slice of angst ridden drama will more than suffice before those next installments commence.
Angst driven good rock: I did expect more due to the sum of its parts and while it’s nothing revolutionary or astounding, Dance Music is full of Scott Hutchison’s wonderful lyricism and attitude.
its alright.

favorite track: Teething
I love every member involved, but this was very forgettable. I found the muddy production didn't mix too well with Scott's voice. A couple great tracks here, but really just meh.
Angst-driven indie-rock in the same vein as Manchester Orchestra.

Favourite tracks: The Enlightenment, Peaks & Troughs & Graves,
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Track List

  1. Proper Home
  2. Notes on a Life Not Quite Lived
  3. The Enlightenment
  4. Teething
  5. Peaks & Troughs & Graves
  6. Old Team
  7. Must Try Harder
  8. A Waste of Daylight
  9. Bird is Bored of Flying
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Added on: March 21, 2018