Shallou - Magical Thinking
This is my first review from a quarantined world. People's lives have been pretty radically changed in the past few months as plans are cancelled, and one of the most affected groups is musicians. Tours, Festivals and damn near any way to make money live has evaporated. The musical results of being locked indoors have begun to trickle out, but we likely have not seen that full COVID-19 album yet. Music made for people being squished together seems a bit less important at the moment which is why it's a perfect time for Shallou. While He technically makes electronic dance music Shallou has always taken things just a bit deeper. He doesn't fit the mold of your typical DJ or producer electronic sounds just happen to be his form of expression. I remember seeing him on the large electronic stage at Coachella, Sahara, and it feeling a bit out of place. His music is some that you almost want to brood too rather than have lasers and lights blasted into your face. That is not to say you can't dance to Shallou, because you sure as shit can. His collab with The Knocks on this new album "Endless" is a slow burn banger. There is a lightness and breeze to this album that is missing from a lot of music these days. The themes can be heavy without weighing you down with emotional tonnage.
It a really nice little album for some trying times. It's hard to put anything in any kind of perspective at the moment, because this current perspective is so incredibly new and strange. Only time will tell where we go from here.
8.0 out of 10