Despite Phoenix being a consistent name on the indie synth-pop scene since the turn of the century, it has been their previous two albums that have proven their mainstream worth and given them the international prominence they deserve. Yet looking back on 2009's 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' and 2013's 'Bankrupt!', we see two vastly different albums. Both unique yet playing to the inspirations of the contemporary sounds of their time. Now the French outfit return with 'Ti Amo', a record that once again looks to reinvent the band's overall sound for the contemporary listener.
While Phoenix have always considered themselves an indie band with hints of a synth-based influence, 'Ti Amo' flips this preconception as we hear a band with a far more electronic presence than in their past. Yet in typical Phoenix fashion, they have managed to settle on a middle ground that isn't likely to alienate their fanbase. Cuts like 'Tuttifrutti' and title-track 'Ti Amo' bring out that same sunshine-feel the band are known for, and give us a record that sounds different on the surface but ultimately ticks all the same boxes they have done in the past.
It is really going to be a love-it-or-lump-it release. While it is clear that the band have worked hard to create a bold new identity for themselves, it doesn't have that same instant impact as some of their previous records. But it is definitely a grower and will obviously become even more accessible once we get some decent sun.