Equatorial Ultravox - Chad Valley
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  • Summary: The EP for the electronic artist also known as Hugo Manuel moves away from chillwave to a pop sound.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 13, 2012
    80
    There's a strong sense that Valley aims to reinterpret a kind of never-never land of angelic male singing and electronic-driven arrangements that seems to recombine a variety of impulses from the '80s into a combination that never could have existed until a later moment.... A strikingly good debut effort.
  2. Jun 27, 2011
    80
    This record may be an EP in name, but it's certainly a long-player in scope.
  3. Jun 27, 2011
    80
    It is wistful in tone, but it's no nostalgia trip and summer or not it's a consistently blissful and thrilling EP that bodes well for any forthcoming album.
  4. Aug 25, 2011
    80
    There's a real sense of growing confidence and a growing desire for commerciality in Manuel's music, and he's creating a sound that will catapult him from the blogs to the big stages.
  5. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    It's a gloriously glowy affair. [Jul 2011, p.89]
  6. Jun 27, 2011
    50
    Whatever your take on the chillwave phenomenon--that brand of overexposed, Polaroid pop mining childhood memories kick-started (arguably) by Animal Collective's influential album Merriweather Post Pavilion--it's a conversation that's happened, and Equatorial Ultravox does little to further the debate.
  7. 50
    Equatorial Ultravox is undeniably lovely, and the title describes the vaguely early '80s Mediterranean synth vibe pretty well. It's just not exactly essential listening.