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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the collaboration between Cate Le Bon and White Fence's Tim Presley was produced by Stephen Black and recorded in a house in the south of France.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. May 17, 2018
    80
    At times, the record is just classically Surreal, a bucolic unheimlich provoking a fleeting confrontation with the unconscious. What remains most alluring about this experiment’s broken logic is the sense that you’re furtively occupying someone else’s dream.
  2. Apr 20, 2018
    80
    The beauty in Drinks is that there’s nothing else too close to their sound. With moments of sheer chaotic genius married with brilliant songwriting, Hippo Lite offers something new on every listen.
  3. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2018
    80
    How she continues to turn apparent whimsy into profundity borders on the miraculous. [Jun 2018, p.92]
  4. Apr 20, 2018
    70
    Like Hermits on Holiday, it's first-rate experimental rock made by two musicians with interesting, complicated ideas and the skills to bring them to life.
  5. Apr 27, 2018
    70
    While one could say the majority of Hippo Lite’s material is experimental, Presley and Le Bon placed their most avant and uptempo vocal tracks toward the album’s latter half, a block of songs that sort of run together before its closer, the violin-driven You Could Be Better. Consequently, the sequencing feels rushed and impatient. By Contrast, Presley and Le Bon initially want to show you around, the light and airy Blue from the Dark opening the door, slowly introducing you to their muse. By the end, it’s difficult not to feel as though you’ve overstayed your welcome.
  6. 60
    At one point, Presley claims, he and Le Bon used the sound of a frog’s ribbit for an instrument. It’s here where Hippo Lite verges towards sounding like music that was only ever made for its makers, rather than an outside audience. In a quest to discover simple living free of consequence, Le Bon and Presley can, at times, get lost in their own little bubble.
  7. Apr 19, 2018
    30
    Where some might find their centre in such a locale, the self-imposed echo chamber seems to have exacerbated their worst individual qualities.

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  1. Jul 12, 2018
    8
    This album is so weird and awesome at the same time. Although sometimes you feel like this is just weird noise to play with yourThis album is so weird and awesome at the same time. Although sometimes you feel like this is just weird noise to play with your unconsciousness, other times you feel like you never listened something like this. Fantastic melodies, timings and voices. Expand