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Amatus

Broken Compass

Review by Gary Hill

It’s easy to just disregard dance music. It’s also not necessarily a great decision. This EP shows that there is some quality stuff out there. The vocals are the real selling point of the set, but much of the music is pretty cool, too. This is how modern dance music is done right.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2014  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Messin

Drums start things. Then the killer groove joins. The vocals come over the top to complete the picture. This is a great piece of music. It’s the vocals that sell it more than anything else, but overall this shows what can be done with a modern electronic dance groove. I love this song.

Coming Home
The arrangement here isn’t nearly as full or lush as that on the opener. In many ways, it’s the spaces between sounds that make this work as well as it does. It’s rhythmic to a large degree, but again the vocals are the major captivating and compelling aspect of this. It is another great piece of music.
Run Fast
This is a fast paced tune. It’s also more of a rocker. It’s a little odd, but it works well. I wouldn’t consider it as strong as the first two pieces, but it’s still very good.
Punk
I don’t like this as much as I like the rest of it. It’s just a little odd. It doesn’t really feel connected. Still, the vocals work well.
Cherish
This definitely redeems the set. It’s got a great groove to it. There is almost a jazz vibe going here. It’s also just packed with cool.
 
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