Relayted - Gayngs
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 14, 2010
    100
    The results pitch beautifully crafted, poignant songs and heartfelt vocals against foggy, ethereal production.
  2. Antique keyboards pulse, fretless basses thrum and a variety of voices echo in and out, underlying the trippy feel and making this pretty much the most scintillating and daring record of the year so far.
  3. This is ambience in which to indulge, though occasionally the structure of the songs becomes ragged, as if a little bit too much late night medication has been taken on board. That doesn't spoil any of the songs, but it just makes them that bit weirder.
  4. Relayted isn't quite as much fun as it could've been. (Though the shimmering "Faded High" could be an actual pop hit.) But Olson has found the right people to make his utterly unique lite-FM fantasies a reality.
  5. 80
    Relayted manages to be both comfortingly familiar and devastatingly futuristic. [Jun 2010, p.90]
  6. Alt-rock supergroup create new genre: stoner AOR. [July 2010, p. 132]
  7. This is lush, involving music that takes stated influences and sculpts them into something genuinely there.
  8. With a slower pace and dreamier, echo-laden feeling than the original, guitars sounding somewhere between Morricone and the Cocteau Twins, it's an inspired nod back to a still underrated team of artists that works equally well on its own.
  9. While many atmospheric bands of late seem to shy away from any remotely commercial sounds, Gayngs have produced a record that let its melodic accessibility compliment its denser qualities.
  10. So Relayted is both better than it had any right to be, given the concept, and about as good as you could expect from the musicians involved.
  11. Resultantly, while the textures are nostalgic, the album is a very contemporary experience. Since you're unlikely to ever get the same 20 plus artists on the same page again, it's best to enjoy the album for what it is: a one-off experiment, more of a happening than a record, that can't (and possibly shouldn't) be repeated.
  12. 60
    Setting out its wares most convincingly with dreamy weighlessness of The Gaudy Side Of Town. Relayted gives a nod to its influences with a cough syrup slow rendition of Godly & Creame's '80s classic Cry before drifting off into a heavy-lidded haze punctuated by the occasional flurry of woozy dub and ethereal funk. [Jul 2010, p.92]
  13. Though more consistent in tone than in quality, Relayted is easy to criticize but difficult to dismiss.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 19, 2013
    9
    A relaxing and interesting album. Steady beats hold together the different vocalists floating in and out of these tracks, which are heavy withA relaxing and interesting album. Steady beats hold together the different vocalists floating in and out of these tracks, which are heavy with synths, slap bass, and a distinct 80's mood. "Gaudy Side of Town" is the perfect intro into this album, which of course has a saxophone fluttering in and out. The album centerpiece is "Faded High", which Justin Vernon of Bon Iver shines on. Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2010
    10
    This is an awesome album to just relax to. I find it hard to judge this album becuase I can't really think whilst listening to it. This is oneThis is an awesome album to just relax to. I find it hard to judge this album becuase I can't really think whilst listening to it. This is one of those albums that are just meant to be enjoyed. Full Review »