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  • Summary: A year after the release of the self-titled compilation albuum from the Brooklyn-based electronic duo of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman comes its follow-up full-length with nine new tracks.
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  • Record Label: ADA
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance, Left-Field House
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  1. Aug 5, 2013
    There is a sense that perhaps Swisher is Blondes pushing their oblique take on dance culture by way of rhythmic experimentation as far as it can go, but there’s no doubt that where they have taken it is to an entirely new and sublime level.
  2. Aug 5, 2013
    As with many dance LPs, Swisher is slightly on the long side--65 minutes is more than enough time to get your groove on. But the album never ends up sounding repetitive, the emotions behind the beats don’t allow it to.
  3. The emphasis is on soft, kinetic beats, with melodies pulled out of unpromising materials--discordant synths, laser pulses--and it’s one whacking great testament to what dance music can do with a bit of imagination.
  4. Aug 5, 2013
    Some may complain that Blondes hasn't radically expanded its horizons on Swisher, but frankly, such an effort isn't even necessary, as there's still fresh ground to cover within the confines of the duo's engrossing signature style.
  5. Aug 20, 2013
    Tracks regularly clock in at eight, nine and 10 minutes, yet Blondes never outstay their welcome.
  6. Sep 10, 2013
    It’s something you can really sink your teeth into--and derive pleasure from its airy and light techno journey into the skull.
  7. Uncut
    Sep 5, 2013
    Having phased out the shoegaze from their sound, Blondes at times struggle to address the dancefloor head-on. [Oct 2013, p.63]

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