Boomkat Product Review:
This is so good! 'Optimists' is the enchanting debut album of rustling drum machines and diaphanous, bittersweet synth lines by Joke Desmet and Milan Warmoeskerken, aka Mittland och Leo. Equal parts Broadcast-like twee exotica and Suicide-style motorik funk, it also holds up very neatly next to like-minded missions from Not Waving, Moon Wheel or early, ambient AFX, hitting the sweetspot of smart simplicity with every turn. There's little arguing that this is a very well-trodden area of electronic music, but Mittland och Leo's sense of tactility and spellbinding melodic arrangements are just timelessly effective, from the systolic pulses which keep 'Earth Beat' bobbing along its melancholy trajectory, to the somehow rugged yet beautifully elegant shuffle of 'Domino', and definitely 'Decades'' clear-skied flight. This is the sorta once-in-a-while gem that you don't pass over - a massive recommendation to followers of Ghost Box, Woo, Isan.