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Review: 'Pete International Airport'
'Safer with the Wolves…'   

-  Label: 'A Recordings'
-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '17th November 2017'

Our Rating:
Pete International Airport is the solo project of Dandy Warhol Peter Holmström. He hasn’t done it all on his own, though, and the list of contributors to the album is as long as it is impressive, with Alex Maas of Black Angels, Dar Horse Lisa Elle and Jason Sebastian Russo (Hopewell, Mercury Rev) among the roll-call.

The album’s 11 tracks are of a distinctly psychedelic flavour, with a dreamy drift hanging over the effects-heavy production. ‘Even Happier’ opens the album with a slow proggy vibe reminiscent of ‘The Wall’ era Pink Floyd. Trilling flutes weaving through the wash of guitar make for a rich sonic tapestry.

Lead single, Flowers of Evil’, which features Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been on lead vocals is entirely representative of the laid-back vibe which permeates ‘Safer with the Wolves…’ Lyrically, it ranges from the semi-abstract to the rather gloomy, and for the most part, it’s extremely good.

The album’s mid-section marks something of a change of pace and tone, stepping up a notch or two and going a bit New Order in the process. Choral voices swell over a marching beat on the post-punky ‘VHS or Beta Fish’, which is far darker than the title suggests, and the glitchy pulsations of ‘Love in Reverse’ pitch a hypnotic groove. Elsewhere, ‘After All’ brings an experimental edge to a driving country-tinged rocker, and the pancultural space disco of the last track, ‘Happens All the Time’ is salvaged from electrohippie hell by some ethereal backing vocals.

Despite the divergent elements it incorporates, ‘Safer with the Wolves…’ hangs together well stylistically, and while it would be easy to simply marvel at the credits and leave it there, Holmström has clearly put some thought into who he’s involved, meaning that it’s an album that’s very much about the music rather than its makers.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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Pete International Airport - Safer with the Wolves…