Squelchy, bleepy and largely devoid of charisma, ‘Surf Noir’ is the sort of album you’ll initially enjoy, but fall out of love with soon thereafter. The moments which do rise above the mediocre never seem to go anywhere. The sound of 2010 was hardly riveting then and it’s really rather uninspiring now. Guitars and synthetic beats still sound rather pretty together but this is a largely meandering, undercooked affair, only vaguely redeemed by instrumental epic ‘Theme From Yours Truly’.
Words by GARETH JAMES