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Stress Positions


Artist: Collapsing Scenery
Label: Metropolitan Indian
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 28 June 2019

Collapsing Scenery is the meeting of two minds, Don De Vore (Ink & Dagger, Lilys, The Icarus Line, Amazing Baby) and Reggie Debris. Together they straddle the gap between music, art, film and politics, seamlessly moving between each with the same ease at which they traverse the globe, soaking up experiences and immersing themselves in different cultures...

Collapsing Scenery's debut album Stress Positions is a collision of futurist electro, glacial goth tones, techno, post-punk and chillwave recorded using analogue electronics: samplers, step sequencers, synths and drum machines.

Sadly, I wasn't overly struck by it. I couldn't get a handle on what, if any, identity they had as a group. You could argue that's a good thing, but the shift from genre to genre started to grate a little too quickly. I felt as though someone had hit the "shuffle" option on Spotify's entire library. Hip-Hop, rap, dance, pop... the colliding of styles just didn't work for me.


Nick Smithson

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