What is the future of music journalism?
Like, I understand the anxieties over Mondanile's potential "motivations" behind the record - re. whether this is earnest tribute or winking pastiche, but I'm not sure if it's ultimately very productive to get caught up in that. I enjoy the record a lot after several listens so far because it really tastefully taps into past aesthetics. I think it's entirely possible that Matt just really loves these particular sounds/production choices and has decided to try his hand at a record full of them. In my case, I'm not really sure if I need to go beyond that.
"here he pulls on a pair of tight Speedos, takes a glance at his digital watch which is also a calculator, and jumps headfirst into the deep end of smooth Eighties pop-rock."
If Letter of Intent is the blandest moment then I think I'm going to love this record.