Mellow electropop, IDER sound like what would happen if The Japanese House started listening to The XX and FKA twigs on repeat. It’s music to get stoned to, but it’s hard to garner what exactly sets the duo apart from their contemporaries. The album itself is solid but unspectacular; more of a Be Here Now than a Definitely Maybe.
There’s an R&B-ish undertone to it, not that it sounds like a box-ticking exercise, but it doesn’t sound exactly unlike it, either. ‘You’ve Got Your Whole Life Ahead of You Baby’ might just be the best song on there, it’s got a downtempo charm that bodes well for the future. However, what exactly that future is who knows.
It’s safe to say your mate who went through that phase of sharing monochrome snaps of Matty Healy and Lana Del Rey on Tumblr in Year 11 is a safe bet to enjoy it. IDER do have potential, but will they fulfil it? not sure. Just look at the BBC Sound Of… polls and see how many electronic acts faded into obscurity. It’s up to IDER to buck the trend on this one and come back stronger.
Haiku Review Electropop chills, Mellow beats to relax to, Good but not the best.