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Clams Casino - 32 Levels

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Clams Casino - 32 Levels

Clams Casino - 32 Levels

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"It's this in-service-of-the-song approach that has made Clams a winning collaborator. Structured as two halves—split right down the middle are distinct rap and pop/R&B sections—32 Levelseases listeners in with the familiar before moving into less charted territory. To Clams' credit, the shift isn't as abrupt as it sounds. A bait-and-switch the album is not: its second half, although more uneven than its first, is the more interesting of the two. It's here where bizarre-on-paper collaborators like Mikky Ekko ("Into the Fire") and Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring ("Ghost in a Kiss")feelnatural, even if there's only so far a producer can take Mikky Ekko. Clams understands when to pull back and give his collaborator space and when to lean in and add a splash of color. He also has a snack for structure that maximizes impact. "A Breath Away", the album's crowning achievement, is lone flower blooming in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Kelela's dry ice vocals are allowed to seep into the cracks of the track, which is given the room to luxuriate in sparse but warm surroundings. It almost reaches the five-minute mark but feels like it could stretch out for hours."

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