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Designer Mutts – Virtue Signals

Posted on the 18 August 2018 by Tomatrax @TomatraxAU
Designer Mutts – Virtue Signals

This is the debut full length release from the self proclaimed hottest anti-folk bedroom pop duo to come from Porpoise Spit, Australia. You may listen to this and think "this sounds a lot like Royal Chant"! That isn't a coincidence, the line up is basically the same as that of Royal Chant. So what's the difference? Well while Royal Chant are a loud and raving garage rock band, this release shows off the guys' softer side. The tracks are in most parts acoustic, taking on a sound somewhere between Elliot Smith and Bob Dylan. The music still has the rough, raw, and gritty feel that has made Royal Chant stand out over the years, it's just a bit softer and quieter.

A major highlight is the the catchy almost electo-pop sounds of 'I don't want to race you' that opens the record. The sound bounces around playfully, while Mr Spence's soft yet gravely vocals gives it a somewhat sinister edge. Especially with lyrics such as "I don't want to chase you but you won't stay still!"

Also on offer is a mellowed out and atmospheric re-working on Royal Chant's thrashing rock tune 'Bored awake'. Wait given this is listed as a different band does this count as a cover version? Or is it a re-work as it was sung by the same person? I don't know! But either way you should listen to it as it is one of the more creative interpretations of a past song out there!

As to be expected, there are a lot of the elements of Royal Chant re-appearing here so if you like Royal Chant you will like this record and may well consider it part of the expanded catalogue. At the same time it offers a different feel, with a much more placid and atmospheric vibe! Either way it's good so you should listen to it!

Plus you can listen to the whole album by clicking the play button below!

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