Dubblé Amount’s latest album, Murky finds its glory in simplicity and its down-fall in over-complication.
Published Tuesday, 09 March 2021 11:02
Based in Pretoria, Amount’s sound is a blend of alternative rock and electro with just a hint of indie - that sounds effortless when it’s streamlined. Take, for example, ‘Open Eyes’ where the lyrics are uncomplicated and easily find their place in the beat, giving the composition the time and space to craft a nuanced and engaging sonic journey.
‘Sunglasses’, the album’s closer, takes a more lyrically indulgent path but still lets the beat stay in control, the words doing a good job of hitting their marks and adding to the overall club-track feel.
On the other hand, though, there are songs like ‘Smiley Face’ and ‘Connect’ where the vocals lose their edge. The former’s attempt at a conversational but still rhythmic delivery leads to forced intonation and awkward phrasing, while the latter’s lyrics suffer from trying to match a tempo they’re not suited to.
Murky has some excellent moments where everything is in synch and Amount’s overall sound is almost perfect, but their sheen is dulled by a song that falls apart from lack of cohesion.