Deco Child Skinless

Deco Child Skinless
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Skinless, the EP from South London knob-twiddler Alex Lloyd (aka Deco Child), feels like it was ostentatiously ripped from a bygone era: the early 2000s. Fully absorbing the fragile song structures and minor key vocal lines that defined millennial artists like Jeff Buckley, Remy Zero and, later, Radiohead, Deco Child bathes each of the EP's four tracks in haunted, barely there melodies and poetic phrasings. Opening track "Skinless (Part 1)" works well, thanks to Lloyd's rising tide falsettos, as 8-bit electronics and handclaps pull the majestic number back to Earth. "Heartbeats" might have felt a bit too bumptious on any other release, but its choral piano and buried spoken word work as the perfect bridge to "Skinless (Part 2)," a raging display of pulsating, robust musical crescendos. Deco Child's Skinless EP may be overly precious, intense and a wee bit imitative, but that doesn't make it an ounce less authoritative and voracious. (Ninja Tune)