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Review: 'Park Hotel'
'Gone as a Friend'   

-  Label: 'Fierce Panda'
-  Genre: 'Pop'

Our Rating:
While I don’t profess to be the fount of all knowledge when it comes to the myriad improbable genres which pop up on a daily basis (usually to disappear again just as quickly), I reckon I have a fairly decent handle on things. Still, post-electronic dance is not only a new one on me, but one that got me wondering if this couldn’t simply mark a return to pre-electronic dance music, at least on a theoretical level?

On the evidence of Park Hotel’s debut single, post in the context of the phrase means not after the passing of electronic dance music, or a marker of a particular epoch in the ever-evolving history of music in the way that post-punk was, but after the development and emergence of electronic dance music. Laced with cinematic synths which vie for supremacy with a nagging, clean guitar over a bouncy disco smooch, it’s a got a mid ‘80s white funk rock vibe about it.

With leanings toward the post-Talking Heads territory Dutch Uncles have been hogging for a while, it’s a decent – and danceable – enough pop tune, and catchy. But incorporating as many different genre tropes as it does, it’s not nearly as radically innovative as the ‘post-electronic dance’ tag might suggest.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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