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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length album for the Chicago-based foursome.
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  • Record Label: Carpark
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Credit must be given to LP mastermind Jim Cicero, who at age 23 proves he's wiser than his years by crafting a set of compelling tunes that sound surprisingly distinct despite the past and present musical inspirations that could've just as easily overwhelmed it.
  2. Apparitions is a solid debut that both emulates the band's contemporaries and revisits a once influential genre that most of that peer group have all but abandoned.
  3. This feeling of isolation envelops the bulk of Apparitions. It's a psychedelic, claustrophobic mush of layered synthesizers, organs, drum pads, and breezy voices reflecting against the walls of wide-open corridors; evocative of the unsettling feeling of being completely alone in a very big space, a la David Bowman or Sam Bell.
  4. Occasionally, the band misses its target. "Fever Dreams" is danceable and slick, and "Drunk Kids" sounds a bit too much like it's sung by one of the kids the title references. However, all in all, Apparitions is an ambitious and satisfying debut.
  5. Their careers adviser-flouting debut is in the mould of the greats rather than carving a new sound.
  6. Nearly the entirety of Apparitions feels covered by some haze that's equal parts car exhaust and glitter.
  7. The record can at times feel static and repetitious, revisiting the same structural devices numerous times and using a lot of the same timbres and ambient sounds on every track.

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