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Freeland - Cope

Freeland, Cope

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

PRODUCER/DJ Adam Freeland releases his first album in six years with Cope and kind of underwhelms.

Boasting some high-profile collaborations with the likes of Joey Santiago (of The Pixies), Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) and Kurt Baumann (The Fall), it’s an electro compilation of dark dancefloor anthems that flirts with Unkle and Paul Oakenfield territory.

It’s billed as a genre-smashing, era-defining call to arms that defies expectations of what an electronic album should be, but while certainly different from the norm, it’s also pretty disappointing.

There are notable exceptions, of course. A cover version of David Essex’s Rock On is even darker than the original and trades around a synth sample that Nine Inch Nails would be proud of, as well as a lazy drop-kick beat. The vocals, too, are as world-weary as Essex’s sounded, albeit in a style more reminiscent of Marilyn Manson.

New York shoe-gazers Soundpool bring ambience and trippiness to Silent Speaking, a come-down morning after track that’s pretty cool, too, while Mancry trades on a short wave of M83 synths and sounds like it’s auditioning to provide the atmospheric background to a new Michael Mann feature film.

And there’s a thumping back-beat to accompany Baumann on former single Under Control that sets up Strange Things well as one of the more funky cuts on the LP.

But when all is said and done, Cope never manages to really come alive. It’s dark, brooding, stark and foreboding. And it never really enables the listener to engage with it. Sadly, it’s another failed contemporary electronic dance album to write-off.

Download picks: Rock On, Under Control, Mancry

Track listing:

  1. Do You
  2. Under Control
  3. Strange Things
  4. Bring It
  5. Mancry
  6. Borderline
  7. Rock On
  8. Silent Speaking
  9. Best Fish Tacos In Ensenda
  10. Only a Fool (Can Die)
  11. Morning Sun
  12. Wish I Was Here