Starring: 2 stars
Formerly a duo, Aeroplane established themselves with synth-heavy, alternative- dance remixes for the likes of Grace Jones and MGMT, but the project is now being flown solo. Perhaps with a touch of irony, the album is entitled We Can’t Fly.
The overall vibe is sunny, upbeat and playful, dancing around between genres. The title track contains welcome splices of Balearic house, but the standout tracks on the album, ‘My Enemy’ and ‘Superstar’nhave a 70s/80s psychedelic-rock-cum-disco feel to them. Then ‘Good Riddance’ appears from nowhere, sounding strangely akin to a honky-tonk soul number.
Despite having its moments, We Can’t Fly is hard to love. As an album, it doesn’t quite gel. Experimentation is to be welcomed, but this is just a little too inconsistent for it to work.
In a Nutshell: An over-ambitious attempt at diversity culminating in a messy collection of sundry sounds.
– Aoife Valentine