Space Island

BROODS

Space Island

A lingering sense of loss informs BROODS’ fourth record, as singer Georgia Nott reflects on the end of her marriage. But that doesn’t make it a downer by any means. Unfolding over simmering R&B motifs, “Heartbreak” even drives home a message of staying present with one’s grief. Meanwhile, the New Zealand sibling duo build out an expansive vision of modern pop, with producer/multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott introducing grounding notes of Farfisa organ amid stacked sheets of cosmic synthesiser. Returning collaborator Tove Lo’s haunting vocals feature on the rippling dance-pop ballad “I Keep”, and “Like a Woman” arrives almost completely unadorned before adding dramatic flourishes of beats. For all its introspective airs, Space Island is reliable for the band’s trademark widescreen turns, as on the sadness-forged anthem “Piece of My Mind”.

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