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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release from Wild Beast's Tom Fleming was mixed and produced by Ben Hillier.
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  • Record Label: Domino
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Q Magazine
    Sep 24, 2019
    80
    A fascinating new direction. [Nov 2019, p.115]
  2. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    One True Pairing is an equally welcome return and introduction to his music.
  3. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    One True Pairing is not an easy listening record, despite its pop structures. Fleming is stark in his observations, yet he has woven hope in amongst the despair, creating a body of work that serves as a way through difficult and tumultuous emotions.
  4. Sep 25, 2019
    75
    Contrasting One True Pairing’s sleek sound, Fleming is consistently willing to dampen the mood with world weary, starkly honest observations as to our current cultural reality. Whether it’s toxic masculinity, paranoia, or an all too real fear of global collapse, the record lays all things bare.
  5. Uncut
    Sep 23, 2019
    70
    This solo debut sees him working within a very limited sonic palette--doomy, minor-key constructions featuring distorted rhythm guitar riffs played over a grid of '80s synths and drum machines. These can be effective when paired with grim lyrics of small-town realism. [Oct 2019, p.33]
  6. Mojo
    Sep 23, 2019
    60
    An experimental and deeply idiosyncratic record. [Oct 2019, p.90]