Boomkat Product Review:
Night Slugs’ MVP, Jack Latham a.k.a. Jam City relinquishes a thornier bouquet of distorted power pop, wistful ambient themes and blown-out boogie-soul in his surprise follow-up to Dream A Garden and the Earthly Versions EP.
Arriving with a deliberate lack of fanfare or conceptual baggage, Trouble presents some of Jam City’s least conceited and most direct work, albeit obfuscated by his patented, para-dimensional sound design fidelities; not lo or hi-fi, but operating somewhere in the dreamy mid-distance.
They’re a rugged, broodingly seductive bunch of tunes, maintaining a sense of optimism against the odds all the way from the cracked and swollen hyper-soul of Send and the Grimes-alike rushing queasiness of Cowboy thru the infectious boom/crack of Sky and the slow-slamming shoegaze drill of Curtains, before the phthalocyanine-eyed Inha prompts comparison with some cybernetic approximation of Paddy McAloon.
It’s all pocked with emotional scars and feels helplessly driven by some undying impetus, holding your gaze from the first til last.