California Chrome

Album Review of California Chrome by Xander Harris.

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California Chrome

Xander Harris

California Chrome by Xander Harris

Release Date: Sep 23, 2016
Record label: Rock Action
Genre(s): Electronic, Neo-Electro, Neo-Disco, Darkwave

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California Chrome - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

As Xander Harris, Austin-based electronic musician Justin Sweatt has been perfecting his brand of suspenseful horror-disco since the early 2010s. Following two excellent full-lengths for Los Angeles label Not Not Fun as well as several singles, EPs, and cassettes, California Chrome is his most high-profile release yet, arriving on Mogwai's Rock Action label. He's always had a knack for making ambitious, conceptual music while remaining relatively low-tech, with his tracks generally having a gritty, home-constructed feel (tape noise is audible on some of these tracks, but not an overwhelming amount).

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Record Collector - 60
Based on rating 3/5

Buffy California Chrome. California Chrome.

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The Line of Best Fit
Their review was generally favourable

First things first: Xander Harris won’t eat your brains. Not anymore, at least. The Austin synth sorcerer – AKA Justin Sweatt – who had something of a cult hit with his 2011 debut lovingly spoofing B-movie horror has matured in the years that passed, and returns with a record that appears more and more opaque with each listen.

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