In Standard Definition

Art D'Ecco - In Standard Definition
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2021 Ratings: #75 / 335
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2021 Ratings: #338
April 23, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Paper Bag / Label
Glam Rock, Art Rock / Genres
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A compellingly vivid montage of erotic joie de vivre and postmodern ennui ... Art d’Ecco gives us an 8k experience for a black and white world.


New-school Blitz Kid reigns supreme on second full-length record.

Over the course of the album, d'Ecco clicks through 12 tracks of glam rock, as if holding a TV remote behind his back.
Northern Transmissions
You’re never quite sure of what’s coming next with him, but boy is it ever fun to go along for the ride.

Smart and fun in equal measures, In Standard Definition's love letters to long-gone formats and feelings are similarly bewitching.

Beats Per Minute
He has never fit in with the norm with his music and presentation, but that’s what makes him so great and so fascinating to listen to. Almost every song he makes has a certain sense of childlike wonder to it; you have a general idea of what you’re in store for, but you’re never quite sure of what exactly it is going to look like.
"In Standard Definition" is a colourfully frightening confrontation of society, and another stepping-stone into the new age of art-punk.
There's nothing wrong with making a glam rock record in 2021. There's something wrong with making the altar of Bowie and Bolan sound so boring and basic. This is a genre of excitement and bombast. This is not a genre of bland riffs, uninteresting songwriting, and music that acts more as wallpaper than an auditory experience. Unneeded, unnecessary, but not the worst thing I've heard all year. Remarkably mediocre, just sliding by as inoffensive.
Lively fusion of synthpop and psychedelic pop with such playful composition and colorful lyricism. Every song has their own personality which instead of outshining another are rather complimenting each other. My favorite song so far is Nothing Ever Changes. All that synth gathering into fruition is so satisfying to me.
Desires - 3/5
TV God - 3/5
Bird of Prey - 5/5 ❤
Nothing Ever Changes - 4/5
I Am the Dance Floor - 3/5
Head Rush - 4/5
Channel 7 (Pilot Season) - 3/5
In Standard Definition - 3/5
Good Looks - 3/5
The Message - 3/5
Channel 11 (Reruns) - 1/5
I Remember - 3/5
Glam rock certainly feels like it should have a massive revival movement happening any day now. We've already got plenty of artists revitalizing soft rock and neo-disco to show for the era, after all. I found this really nice but otherwise forgettable–aside from I Am The Dancefloor, which feels like the title of a song that should have existed decades ago, and it's really good!
A pretty good psychedelic synth pop. Nothing groundbreaking, but it's a fun listen nonetheless.
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Track List

  1. Desires
  2. TV God
  3. Bird of Prey
  4. Nothing Ever Changes
  5. I Am the Dance Floor
  6. Head Rush
  7. Channel 7 (Pilot Season)
  8. In Standard Definition
  9. Good Looks
  10. The Message
  11. Channel 11 (Reruns)
  12. I Remember
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Added on: January 20, 2021