Review : The Hidden Cameras - 'Origin: Orphan'
NmeThis lot have been quietly putting on mindblowing and unique shows for years. From touting their flamboyant falsetto-driven indie ditties in front of 100,000 football fans (now that takes guts) to setting up elaborate stage-pieces complete with 40-strong dance troupes in art galleries, porn theatres, churches and parks, The Hidden Cameras make for an utterly awesome live spectacle. But there was always just one teensy problem; their records weren’t half as entertaining. Now, ‘Origin: Orphan’ has saved the day. The sixth studio offering from and his merry cohorts marks a big fat notch on the masterpiece bedpost and exemplifies everything that is glorious and good about cleverly made pop music....full text
Guardian"Gay church folk music", as singer Joel Gibb has classified it, really doesn't do the sound of his chamber pop collective justice. Though full of the widescreen bombast they're loved for, album number five is far more than just pomp and silliness: from the sustained note opening of "Ratify The New" and its exhilarating build, to the fiercely searing strings of "Walk On", the album unfolds with kaleidoscopic drama. And, as they prove with the loping melodic sweetness of standout track "Colour of Man", they can do tender and epic a...full text
MusicomhIf you're even remotely acquainted with The Hidden Cameras, you'll be expecting three things from their new album. From the first minute to the last, you'll be be expecting sugar-sweet "gay church folk music" designed to flood your synapses with serotonin. You'll be expecting heaps of celestial intrumentation - harps, violions, glockenspiels, to name but a few - from the fifteen-plus members of the band. And you'll definitely be expecting some naughty lyrics about innovative varieties of man-on-man action.
But it seems that after three increasingly poppy, earthily physical albums, bandleader Joel Gibb is keen to strike out in new directions altogether. Ratify The New opens the album with two minutes of dark, ominous organ drone: a single sustained note bolstered only by some barely audible monk-like chanting and miscellaneous rumbles....full text
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