AOTY 2020

Remote

Wallows - Remote
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 78 ratings
2020 Ratings: #741
Liked by 3 people
October 23, 2020 / Release Date
EP / Format
Atlantic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork

It is beyond crazy to think that it was largely stitched together in isolation, even the vocals being recorded on iPhone notes and passed around the band. Despite all that, it feels almost effortless for Wallows at this point (though it plainly wasn’t).

80
NME

Wallows aren’t out to re-write the history books of indie, but they’re clearly getting a kicks from exploring and pushing the genre into new ground. It’s an EP that offers up both clarity and consistency, serving as yet another reminder that lockdown wasn’t lost on everyone.

70
AllMusic

The third EP by Los Angeles' Wallows, 2020's Remote finds the indie rock outfit further expanding their quirky, highly inventive sound. The set follows their full-length debut, 2019's Nothing Happens, and again features the trio's distinctive, kinetic arrangements and hooky, lyrical choruses.

marvelgaryen
78
Wallows is a band that drinks from the same source that most indie rock bands drink today, which is the grunge aesthetic of the 90s, both in terms of sound and visually. I admire it, sometimes it's a little bland, but sometimes it can be super fuck*ng excellent. This EP seems to be in the middle, but I feel that they understood the spirit, nothing but a little progression here and there to make them professional. I think it is neither honest nor cool to compare them to other bands, but I feel a ... read more
currentjoyys
75
FAVORITE TRACK: Nobody Gets Me (Like You)

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: Coastlines

Remote is Wallows' most experimental music to date. This EP takes a more electronic route compared to past records with Wish Me Luck and Nobody Gets Me having a really big influence of electronica in the instrumentals. Besides the influence of electronic music, the rest of the songs are way different than past music. Dig What You Dug sounds like a Ben Folds' song and Coastlines sounding like the band's most mainstream ... read more
Muratka
83
Although their images are musically monotonous and mundane, in general, they are still not bad.
fkasean
30
i got nothing to say about this but dylan minnette please call me bro i think we would be very good bros together
nicoperagine
55
If Bon Iver made a bad indie-pop EP. This is Wallows' most experimental effort and it's not that good, they should've expanded upon their already respective sound rather than shifting away from it. Their vocal sound matches nothing to the already decent production. If the vocals were brought forward and amplified even in delivery this could've been a whole lot better. Not very enjoyable or something I will likely come back to but it is okay. At this point, Wallows just needs to select a sound ... read more
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Track List

  1. Virtual Aerobics
  2. Dig What You Dug
  3. Nobody Gets Me (Like You)
  4. Coastlines
  5. Talk Like That
  6. Wish Me Luck
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Added on: September 9, 2020