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Constant Image

Flasher - Constant Image
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #66 / 735
User Score
Based on 105 ratings
2018 Ratings: #373
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound
Yes, these songs are tools for uprooting the self from pre-determined concepts – but these are also grooves, hooks, rhythm, infectious cadence.
90
Northern Transmissions
Their new record brings lush production to raw riffs and a mix of harmonies that will have you entranced. With a mix of styles, sounds and instrumentation across an album that says a lot in its lyrics as well, Flasher have really brought something substantial on this album.
85
Under The Radar
Washington, DC trio Flasher surge with danceable dialogue on their full-length debut, a lightning-strike leap from the post-punk shadows of their first EP into full-color radio waves.
80
PopMatters
The band manage to fit the edgy, constituent parts together but in an abstract fashion, like putting together the broken pieces of a vase to form something entirely new.
80
Exclaim!
The band masterfully produce politically charged tracks situated in tales of the everyday struggle of people living in America's political seat.
79
Pitchfork

What’s surprising—and thrilling—about their debut full-length, Constant Image, is that its social commentary would have felt just as timely at any point in the past 30 years.

70
AllMusic
Flasher appear to have arrived fully formed, with a deeply satisfying debut that's both coherent and imaginative.
70
No Ripcord
Flasher may have the attitude of their eighties DC counterparts, but they ultimately channel their thinking person's punk aesthetic by attempting to rewrite its traditions altogether.
thomasny18
70
Forgot to rate this album, even though I've listened to it a while ago.

I first knew about them when they opened for Parquet Courts. They were actually really fucking excellent live. They just had all the right energy.

They still have that energy here, with some awesome basslines, like on Pressure. However, I think some of these songs are a bit too short to leave a full impact, which is why I can't really call this an amazing album, more one with amazing moments.
musicmagpie55
73
This doesn't blow me out of the water, but I do find it a consistently fun record. It has a little New Wave vibe in it I like. They write catchy songs, and I also love the color gradient on the cover. That fuschia gives me life.
JohnLouisHoward
62
don't buy the hype with this overly atavistic sound, but the genuine talent in this band is drummer Emma Baker, who deserves better company. this level of accomplishment will add "formerly of Flasher" to a resume that already has "formerly of Priests" on it.
MasterCrackfox
74
This one snuck up on me and ended up being one of the more fun albums of the year thus far. The whole vibe is very reminiscent of past post-punk sounds, but still sprinkles in that modern vibe very subtly. It's a good listen for sure.

Favorite track: Pressure
100
This album brings me so much joy. I love it so much
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#18/Bandcamp Daily
#21/Flavorwire
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#43/Treble
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#77/Under the Radar
#86/Drift

Track List

  1. Go
  2. Pressure
  3. Sun Come and Golden
  4. Material
  5. Xyz
  6. Who's Got Time?
  7. Skim Milk
  8. Harsh Light
  9. Punching Up
  10. Business Unusual
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