1982

Album Review of 1982 by Liima.

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1982

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1982 by Liima

Release Date: Nov 3, 2017
Record label: City Slang
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic

75 Music Critic Score
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1982 - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

DIY Magazine - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

‘1982’ takes the gooey melodies and fat percussion of yesteryear synth pop and imbues it not only with Liima’s flare for the operatic, but also a deeper, more robust production style; it almost feels like playing an 8-bit video game on a 2017 console. Always conscious of the relationship between setting and music (Efterklang wrote and performed an opera in a Cold War-era bunker during 2015), the band workshopped ‘1982’ in front of Norwegian school children, a decision that probably factors into how broad and tactile the melodies are here even compared to 2016's ‘ii’. They then recorded in a large wooden ballroom, giving it their trademark sense spaciousness and scale without sacrificing the warmth of the chords and vocals.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Finnish quartet Liima debuted in 2016 as a side project of textural pop specialists Efterklang, when members Casper Clausen, Rasmus Stolberg, and Mads Brauer collaborated with jazz drummer Tatu Rönkkö. Initially conceived as a one-off, the new band proved to be a productive endeavor and continued to bear enough fruit for a second offering. Similar to Efterklang, Liima paints a wide aural canvas of atmospheric tones and timbres with roads that snake through snowy ambient vistas and lush fjords of dramatic electro-pop.

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