Culture of Volume

East India Youth - Culture of Volume
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #149 / 772
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2015 Ratings: #355
April 7, 2015 / Release Date
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XL / Label
Synthpop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian
Doyle is an artist who evidently doesn’t see an unabashed love of pop music as antithetical to experimentation, who doesn’t get why wanting your music to be smart should automatically lead it being an arid intellectual exercise, and who doesn’t feel the need to stick within a clearly defined genre.
90
musicOMH

Ultimately, Culture Of Volume is a masterful return from the East India Youth man, one that manages to provoke a rollercoaster of emotions over its run time.

90
The 405

Whilst in no way a sudden change in direction, Culture Of Volume is a far more accessible record - yet it is also a much richer, far more textured effort than its predecessor.

90
Clash
A broad, diverse and enriching album, the ten tracks which make up 'Culture Of Volume' are each distinctive but seamlessly connect and click together to produce a piece of work that will both delight and enthral.
80
NME
Rather than settling on a unified feel, second album ‘Culture Of Volume’ also delights in genre-hopping, but it’s less abstract and more coherent than its predecessor.
80
DIY
There’s always chaos with East India Youth, only on ‘Culture of Volume’ it’s being controlled, used with greater intention.
80
Under The Radar

If there isn't necessarily a shift in influences on Culture of Volume, then certainly greater emphasis appears to have been placed on synth-based electropop.

80
The Skinny
The record is a determined, forward-looking evolution from last year’s largely instrumental success.
80
AllMusic

As a whole, Culture of Volume is an intense and fascinating album, one that leaves sequel-like anticipation for what else East India Youth may have in store.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Where Culture of Volume excels it is a progression and refinement of prior work. But for all its ambition, it’s a showreel of promise and potential rather than a cohesive whole.

70
Loud and Quiet
Doyle’s music (now a little more accessible) has never been especially intimate or personal and there’s no change here either; his soaring, lovelorn couplets invariably find themselves juxtaposed against slightly naff, festival-ready beats.
67
Consequence of Sound
Intermittently tortured by a desire for mass stardom, he’s eager to tame the chaos that could carry him there.
60
Time Out London
Whether or not he’s back on the Mercury shortlist this year, let’s hope he sticks with the keyboards this time – and stays out of politics for good.
57
Pitchfork

For a record so bent on impressing the listener, Culture of Volume somehow never manages to leave a mark.

100
I'm too generous with these 100s but this album had a massive impact on me today. I just wanna hug W. Doyle now. Man, don't stop creating this beautiful music!
DalekTurret32
100
Total Strife Forever already did a marvellous job providing an effective atmosphere, and Culture Of Volume takes these elements and adds an amazing, ethereal sense of ambience, breath-taking supersonic synths and a hint of Gary Numan infleunce.

The Juddering [102]
End Result [100]
Beaming White [99] (-)
Turn Away [103]
Hearts That Never [106]
Entirety [107]
Carousel [111]
Don't Look Backwards [108]
Manner of Words [108]
Montage Resolution [102]

Top 5:

5. Hearts That Never
4. Entirety
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daFigz
78
What surprised me most about Boyle's latest release, Culture of Volume is how it caught my attention from another room and kept my attention as the album delivered the tracks. Frankly, the review that I feel most identified the strength of this record is came by way of The 405, whose reviewer, Robert Whitfield stated, "Culture Of Volume is a far more accessible record - yet it is also a much richer, far more textured effort than its predecessor" which I feel speaks to the enveloping ... read more
JustinSlick
78
I didn't really care for his first album, but this one isn't bad at all. He sorta has an unusual cadence that I thought worked against him on his last album, but is utilized better here. Anyway, it's probably not gonna blow anybody away, but it was good enough for me to listen twice...
ejscanlan
69
Very strong album!
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#6/The Quietus
#14/Clash
#28/musicOMH
#42/Under the Radar
#45/The Skinny
#47/Gigwise

Track List

  1. The Juddering
  2. End Result
  3. Beaming White
  4. Turn Away
  5. Hearts That Never
  6. Entirety
  7. Carousel
  8. Don't Look Backwards
  9. Manner Of Words
  10. Montage Resolution
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