Natural Selection

Art Department - Natural Selection
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2014 Ratings: #896 / 970
User Score
November 17, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
No. 19, Ultra / Label
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Art Department shape all these influences into a sound that's entirely their own dream world, one where David Lynch, shoegaze, and dream pop are all touchstones, yet there's a youthful edge and their pointed, post-everything attitude is always ready to burst any pre-conceived bubbles.
While ‘Natural Selection’ is certainly laudable and sure to go down a storm with house fans, it can feel like it’s working on well-trod ground too often. It doesn’t have any obvious deficiencies, yet it’s lacking that real transformative aspect to elevate it above its peers.
NOW Magazine

Distancing themselves from what brought them success seems a deliberate move ... and it's refreshing to hear Art Department tackle new challenges. When they let their experimental impulses coexist with their pop instincts, the results are strong enough to overshadow the occasional misstep.


While there is nothing here to relegate Art Department to the role of also-rans, there is nothing to get wholly excited about either, as the music consistently retreats towards the background.

Resident Advisor

Where their first album felt like a definitive statement, Natural Selection sounds, as so many second albums do, like a diffuse bunch of half-realised ideas. Whatever the reason for that may be, Art Department need to go back to the drawing board.

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Track List

  1. Natural Selection Intro
  2. It's Through
  3. The Agent
  4. Kisses for Roses (feat. Aquarius Heaven)
  5. JD 4 AD
  6. These Eyes
  7. The Hunt
  8. Crazy
  9. Cruel Intentions (feat. Seth Troxler)
  10. Breathe Easy
  11. Walls
  12. MACBA
  13. In the Wake
  14. Catch You By Surprise
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Added on: November 18, 2014