Hot on the heels of 2020s debut ’Life's Hard’, with his second LP Bristol's Dick Dent is begging the question "Do you mind if I talk?".
The album is dreamlike synth-pop and has the emotional depth to soundtrack a movie. For influences think of the electro pioneers of the 1980s, however it is perhaps unfair to pin the sound down to just the 1980s, parts of it come close to 1960s psychedelia, David Bowie's "Berlin trilogy", the shoe-gaze of the early-1990s and the dream-pop that soundtracks our modern, eclectic age. Overall, the album is ageless!
The focus is on synths but has enough diversity to remain interesting, at times offering flourishes of electric guitars and brass. The urgency of the pace also doesn't do any harm in driving the album along, when the beat lapses, it only goes to spotlight Dent's towering vocals.
It also highlights the deeply personal lyrics. Opener and first single ‘Leave Me A Message’ is an anguished plea to a lover. The following tracks are more upfront with the keyboards going from epic to playful and back. High point and second single ‘Click of the Fingers’ discusses a toxic relationship; whilst its funky bass plays alongside a stellar tune.
Talking of his influences, Dent says of their sound: "they are spacious, but those spaces are often permeated by delicate keyboard arrangements that wash over you and catapult you into another world". On Do You Mind If I Talk?, Dent matches this and fulfils the sound in all its glorious, dream-like beauty.
Written by Matt Nicholson