“Walking up to me expecting words, happens all the time…” Given ‘This Is Happening’ purports to be James Murphy’s final album under the LCD Soundsystem moniker, it seems a fitting opening line for someone who has become the larynx of hipster credibility in the eight years since ‘Losing My Edge’.
Suffused with an indefinable sense of melancholy, the likes of ‘I Can Change’, ‘Home’ and ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ instil the rubbery electro with a tangible soul – whilst ‘Drunk Girls’ delivers a giddy hit of bony post-punk. As farewells go, this is proper fond. Sound of gold!
Words by Adam Park