By Shy Child
The Synthpop/Electronic duo Shy Child, who released their first album back in 2002, have released their fourth album 'Liquid Love.' It's an album full of their usual catchy pop tunes, but seems to have a little more maturity than some of their earlier work, such as 'Drop the Phone.'
'Disconnected' has a memorable tune and is reminiscent of MGMT's music, with falsetto voices and the repetitiveness of the chorus, "I'm disconnected from the source that won't take it out, out / travels backwards in your mouth / let me get it out, out." There is a discomfort in listening to the chorus and perhaps this reflects the discomfort of being disconnected, but nonetheless it should be listened to in moderation.
The title track, 'Liquid Love,' starts with the ethereal sound of synthesised voices, which is then joined by drums and keytar. It's a fast-moving, energetic song but lacks interest and the lyrics are tacky: "To tell you the truth / when I look at the world / I'm in shock and awe" and "pleasure and pain / they sometimes feel the same."
'Liquid Love' is certainly a well-processed and polished album, but perhaps it is too clean-cut; the incessancy of the synth-snare becomes sickly after a while and the ear starts to crave a bit of a rough edge.