Following hot on the heels of 2015’s self-titled debut, ‘Melt’ is the second album from Oli Bayston, the singer, songwriter, producer and front-man of Boxed In. It is an album of warmly inviting yet coolly controlled electronic pop, at once intelligent and full of feeling. Its 11 songs are quirky, infectious, accessible yet experimental, richly detailed, with the accent on midtempo art ache; the beats are propulsive and the basslines pulsate, designed for clubbing, while the melodies tease and tug, aimed for lonely late-night listening. If your dream notion of modern dance music includes a fresh spin on ‘70s krautrock, ’80s synthpop and ‘90s house and techno, then you’ll love ‘Melt’.
ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL
"There was a feeling at one point of “does anyone actually care if I write another song?", says Rose Dougall, sat in the garden of a pub on a cold early autumn evening. She pauses and repeats the question she's asked herself over the past ten years: "and do I?"
The result of her defiant "I do" is Stellular, a shockingly confident album of 11 tracks of classic songwriting and something defiantly modern, glowing with clarity and purpose. It is, Rose says, the sound of her finally embracing the pop sensibilities she reacted against for so long. "I wanted to make something bolder, less apologetic, more decisive," she says. "I wanted to make a sophisticated pop record".
Stellular is the culmination of the strange and hectic decade or so since the 19-year-old Rose jacked in college to go on tour with The Pipettes. Since she made the bold move to quit that band and go it alone, her musical trip has taken her from the introspective sounds of debut solo album Without Why to performing as part of Mark Ronson's touring band on a never-ending world tour.