Outfit - Performance
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2013 Ratings: #249 / 956
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Based on 16 ratings
August 12, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Double Denim / Label
Electropop, Synthpop / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

The most impressive achievement of this record is its ability to take the unexpected and make it sound entirely natural. The result is an album that’s intricate enough for the die-hards to get lost in, but immediate enough to bend some ears on Xfm’s clogged airwaves.


Outfit are instead more intent on being direct, wielding hard-hitting songwriting through the most oddball means available. As a result, we're left with one of the year's stand-out debuts.

The 405

Their debut's diversity is its greatest strength - it's enough to highlight the best qualities of a multi-faceted band, but is never disjointed.

Under The Radar

Performance captures the best elements of Outfit's dark New Wave influences and molds them into a fantastically consistent album. 

The Fly

They’re not as poppy and immediately catchy as, say, Metronomy (who they match in the ‘vibes’ stakes), but there’s a rather enjoyable sense of sullen confusion in the matter-of-fact vocals and doleful, summer-gone-wrong expanses of keyboard.

Drowned in Sound

This is a debut packed with resourceful ideas, textural intrigue and compelling rhythms, which ultimately falls short only from a sense of unfulfilled potential and a lack of consistent execution.


Outfit are clearly a decent band with good ideas who deserve a future, but they’ll need a much stronger record than this if they’re to stick around. Most importantly, they need to inject more of themselves into their music. 

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Track List

  1. Nothing Big
  2. I Want What's Best
  3. House on Fire
  4. Performance
  5. Spraypaint 
  6. Elephant Days
  7. Phone Ghost
  8. Thank God I Was Dreaming
  9. The Great Outdoors 
  10. Two Islands
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Added on: August 8, 2013