White Denim - Last Day Of Summer (3 stars)

A stripped down snapshot of a band in transition and showcasing awe-inspiring musicianship

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White Denim - Last Day Of Summer

(Downtown)

Last Day Of Summer is a fascinating insight into what White Denim were knocking out for fun before the release of this year’s breakthrough; deservedly lauded fourth offering D. Recorded in a month and initially available only online, this sonic free-for-all now primed for its first physical release finds the Texan quartet experimenting with R&B and jazz.

They sound free and frolicsome throughout, as freeform sax interludes rub up against scratchy soloing, rootin’ tootin’ country twangs and beautiful woozy acoustic ditties all driven by skittering rhythms which propel the music in a variety of different directions, often within the same song. A stripped down snapshot of a band in transition and proof (as if we needed it by now!) of the awe-inspiring musicianship that drives White Denim.

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