GENRE | THE TRUTH
VERDICT | HELL
LABEL | NEW GRANADA
RELEASE | 8.28.12
Ethereal indie duo Matt Slate and Daniel Wainwright comprise King of Spain, and it might be unfair to define their long-winded latest album as total hell. It isn’t unlistenable, but it isn’t exactly memorable, either. To put it another way, it’s the kind of album one might be assigned to review, and then one might think that he or she forgot to listen to said album, before he or she realizes that said album is actually still playing. Hypothetically.
The track “Green Eyes” is a slow-churned indie jam with an interesting rhythm setup.
Slate/Wainwright even have some Fleet Foxes-esque harmonies going that are downright pretty, but they never fully realize the introspective epic-ness that Fleet Foxes can effortlessly turn out.
Part of this due to the length of the tracks, and they do tend to drag, with the average length per track hitting 4:35. It’s a classic example of too much of an average thing.