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Dead Letterbox


Artist: Imaginary People
Label: Five Five Diamonds
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 20 November 2015

Following their critically acclaimed debut EP comprised of espionage-themed singles, New York’s Imaginary People release their debut full-length album entitled Dead Letterbox. The album was produced by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus, Real Estate) and mixed by Matt Boynton (Hospitality, Kurt Vile, MGMT). Combining old-school rock & roll with shimmering, synth beats, Imaginary People create a raw, authentic sound...

Formed in 2013, this five-piece, fronted by Dylan Von Wagner, are making quite a name for themselves. While I did enjoy this album, I did find it a little throw-away; it's not an album that you'll pick up in the future. This is very much an LP for the here and now and it won't be dusted off in years to come for you to reminisce about the 20-teens.

The song writing is tight and the recordings are well polished. The tracks are memorable and enjoyable... so why didn't I get more out of this album? I think the problem is that as finely tuned as this release is, it just didn't offer anything that you've not heard a hundred times before.

The LP contains 11 tracks (41 min, 45 sec) with easily the most universally consumable popular track being 'Fever Nation'. That one might just become an anthem-based classic.


Nick Smithson

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