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ESCAPISM – THE DISAPPOINTED

The Disappointed
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The Disappointed’s debut album, Escapism, is a surprising and refreshing jaunt through the annals of electronic music — with guitars!

This could just be the album of the year.

Having warmed up with three EPs (including 2014’s well received Weird Peace, with lead single ‘I Disagree With Myself’ scoring a bunch of Triple J play and even finding its way onto Netflix via SBS’s Unplugged America), a couple of national tours, supports for The Matches and Jon Toogood (Shihad), as well as a beer festival in Singapore, the band then knuckled down into the debut album writing process.

This Perth five-piece say that they wrote, demoed and rejected a whole bunch of songs while they were recording Escapism as they tried to figure out what the hell they were doing. They say they found the answer in the enduring friendship that they had formed over their seven years together and in remembering why they do what they do.

That can only be part of the story, though, because the 13 tracks on Escapism dip into the electronic music songbook sampling everything from Tubeway Army and Depeche Mode to the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, and M83 with a side of Muse, Metallica and well, just about anything they want!

Actually, those references make it sound like the music on Escapism is derivative, and it is not.  They also prejudice what is a stunningly original and confident sonic palette.  This is one of those debut albums that will either set up The Disappointed as enduring hitmakers for many years to come or be remembered as THAT album by THAT band that flashed bright for a moment and then was never heard from again. 

In suggesting that latter scenario, we’re not at all wanting to put a hex on The Disappointed, just to suggest that their debut album is so good that they don’t need to do anything else, their place in the history of contemporary music is already assured.

This could just be the album of the year.

Get it.  Get it now.

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