Walt Disco - 'Unlearning'

8/10

Throughout the last few years, Glasgow's Walt Disco have made great strides in building a fresh and distinctive aesthetic they can call their own. After a flurry of broad and inventive singles and EPs under their belt already, they are now crossing the first major milestone of their career so far as they drop their ambitious debut album 'Unlearning', a record that looks to expand of their adventurous direction to date.

When Walt Disco first began to make waves within the new music scene, they were incredibly difficult to pigeonhole, largely thanks to their unconventional approach to production and vibrant vocal performance of lead singer James Potter. And throughout 'Unlearning', we see them continue this ideal with gusto and aplomb at every turn. Skirting the lines between David Bowie's 'Spiders From Mars' era, heyday Talking Heads, and a strong influence from the post-punk sound, there is hardly a moment on here that won't make you sit up and listen very closely.

It feels like a rare occurrence these days, but Walt Disco have truly cornered themselves into something bold and exciting here. 'Unlearning' may find influence in more retro material, but the group have rebranded it for a modern ear and delivered one of the more interesting and compelling offerings so far this year.

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