Quick Look #14
Brand New Lifestyle Center Two
by Looking Through Sheets
Half sound-texture charcuterie board, half sample-riddled mallsoft goodness, Looking Through Sheets’ latest release wraps you in a warm envelope of sound and takes you back to the days of consumerist mega-monuments, and doesn’t stop until the very end of the tracklist. Tracks 1-4 feature a wide variety of moods and timbres, especially for mallsoft. Looking Through Sheets flexes their creative muscles here, but in a less-than-elegant way, with the pacing and a fair share of these bite-sized songs lacking natural flow and cohesion at times. At this point in the album, its biggest shortcoming was that a lot of these musical microcosms were actually really good, but lasted so briefly that they couldn’t be savored for long. But starting on track 5, “Paradise, Or Maybe Tacoma,” the album takes full advantage of the atmosphere and skillful sample choice it curates over the album thus far, which brings out the best in this release. The sample selection is properly and satisfyingly implemented here, the quality segments are given the time to shine in these later tracks, and the album is closed in a wonderful cool-down that’s hard not to put on loop and space out with. A solid choice for those new to mallsoft for the variety emblematic of the genre, as well as a refined example of what some of these experiences may entail, just as long as the listener doesn’t confuse the two.
Favorite Track: Skyline Suitors
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