We like Classixx. The LA duo of Tyler Blake and Michael David have always put out consistently strong electronica, whether that’s with the help of collaborators, or just their own vibe that seems to fall on the right side of dance-pop and an act like Hot Chip (with none of the affected graces).
Faraway Reach came to us with a bang – enlisting How To Dress Well for a song like Just Let Go was a massive statement, proof that the twosome know not only how to utilise a vocalist in a fresh milieu, but also provide the basis of a legit summer banger. It’s one of their finest moments to date, but one that unfortunately leaves the rest of the album trailing behind.
Take the song Safe Inside, for example, featuring Passion Pit. It’s perfectly serviceable for what it is, but it doesn’t push the envelope in terms of both the genre and its guest’s capabilities. And that theme stretches further, Alex Frankel adding nothing particularly exciting to I Feel Numb and a T-Pain feature feeling rather lost in the crowd.
It’s such a shame as the album, at least on paper, has the potential to be so much more. But it ends up being neither club-based floor-filler nor summer-party playlist material, content instead to bubble under the surface at its own leisurely place without rousing either the genre or your attention. A shame then that an album called Faraway Reach ends up, well, reaching.