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  • Summary: This is the fourth full-length release for the British electronic duo of James Young and Aiden Whalley.
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  1. Q Magazine
    Jun 25, 2020
    80
    A record lyrically concerned with trying to find inner peace and a sense of community within a troubled wider world. Perfect sounds and sentiments for these times, then. [Summer 2020, p.98]
  2. Jun 29, 2020
    80
    Daring and beautiful, ‘Civic Jams’ lays claim to a singular location within British music.
  3. 70
    Though the album was written before the effects of a global pandemic bedded in, its motifs of isolation and distance speak clearly to our current moment – mourning for places to gather hit hard by the actual and symbolic sterilisation of public space.
  4. Jun 25, 2020
    60
    Civic Jams is comforting in a way, but it generally conveys a sense of wanting to get back into the real world and feel the thrill of discovery and the excitement of shared experiences once again.
  5. Jun 25, 2020
    50
    Burial is the most important influence across Civic Jams, but while his productions, his songwriting, his structures carry a real emotional heft, Darkstar sound for the most part as if they’re playing for time.