New-York based artist Ian Davis paints scenes where human beings are reduced to minimal multiplied figures gathering around a monumental presence. The main focus of a sacral contemplation by the anonymous crowd is sometimes a technological artifact, sometimes an infrastructure or a building . It’s the dramatic depiction of a world where man-made artifacts overcome the society of people who produced them, painted in an ironic, almost cartoon-like style.
Voices fails to re-ignite the electronic rock scene out of New York, which seemed to reach a precipice after the YYY’s It’s Blitz. The feel is of a characterless rehash of an album from The Sounds. Phantogram fails to even produce an underground, low-key vibe that their stage name implies. The band seems to regard innovation and musical movement with a flat disdain. It would seem more appropriate if Voices had been a debut album with their 2010 Eyelid Movies as a relevant, 2014 follow-up.