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Boy Harsher


Second album of dark synth-pop from the Massachusetts duo Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller

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  1. 8.0 |   Q

    A glorious coming-out. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   NME

    At their grungiest and most claustrophobic, dance duo Boy Harsher hang in similar shadows to Factory Floor and Chris Carter; at their most unguarded and upbeat, they’re letting their hair down in San Junipero
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    "The Look You Gave (Jerry)" feels plucked from an '80s synth-pop record. The album manages to avoid nostalgia however, instead offering the pair's own doomy electronic voyage into the uncertainties of the future. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Perfectly produced with Muller’s minimal equipment, the sound is crisp and clear, without the chichi glaze of a phoney vintage rumple – a sharpness that adds a further charming nuance to an album as enthralling to turn into a cult classic
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  5. 8.0 |   The 405

    With Careful, they are no longer the best-kept secret among the dingier crowds, but their music, passion and on-going commitment have placed them close to a league of their own, hopefully lasting throughout the years to come
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  6. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    Dark, mysterious, very Lynchian
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  7. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Where modern minimal wave is often both musically repetitive and historically purist, they bring a subtle but unexpected sound palette that shades from the 80s into the 90s
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  8. 7.6 |   Resident Advisor

    Slick, late-night synth pop
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  9. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Scrappy and spirited, minimal synth music lives on
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  10. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This record leaves quite the impression; if uneasy listening is your thing, Boy Harsher’s murky interpretation of dead disco will envelop you in its dark delights
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  11. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    None of the elements on offer here represent anything fresh or forward-thinking, but that was never the point. Instead, Matthews and Miller have identified the sweet spot between raw emotion and dancefloor hedonism – an alcove they seem unwilling to vacate anytime soon
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