Five years have passed since Illumination, the debut studio album by Miami Horror, came out in 2010. Their long-awaited sophomore release, All Possible Futures, is out today via Dine Alone Records, and it shows the natural progression of a band that has built its name on indie dance and nu-disco tracks such as “Sweaty Wet/Dirty Damp” and “I Look To You”. Miami Horror move towards trends in disco house, synth pop, and bass in the intervening years.
A solo project founded by producer/DJ Benjamin Plant, Miami Horror quickly grew to include live band members Josh Moriarty, Daniel Whitechurch, and Aaron Shanahan. As a band whose influences are shaped by 1970s/1980s dance pop, progressive rock, and modern house production, Miami Horror’s current musical M.O. transports their listeners to a land of perma-summer by being the ultimate Spotify playlist for beach days and island vacations. Somewhat fitting as its band members re-grouped from their native Australian land to Los Angeles for a change in scenery.
Miami Horror are in the same group as the Knocks, RAC, Chromeo, and Ghost Beach, a group of perpetually summer-struck artists that crafts splendidly produced tracks that put its listener in a sunny spell. All Possible Futures packs its singles in the first half of the album: “Real Slow”, “Love Like Mine”, “Wild Motion (Set It Free)” and “Colours in the Sky” keep the energy on high. “Real Slow” has a catchy sing-along chorus thanks to Sarah Chernoff’s vocal work while Miami Horror’s most recent single featuring Cleopold, “Love Like Mine”, is exuberantly funky.
There are nuggets on All Possible Futures such as “(Maybe I Need You)” and “(Happy Without You)”, and these are two very short tracks that create a meaningful effect because of their brevity. Their nostalgic themes and warm, acoustic melodies, as well as reverb-doused vocals, are reminiscent of the Radio Dept. Another exciting track is “Cellophone (So Cruel)”. Cleopold delivers his soulful voice over a bass-driven house track that is effortlessly smooth, like every hit by Darius or Bondax.
All Possible Futures is impossibly winsome. High spirits and chill vibes elegantly produced, Miami Horror’s got their fingers on the pulse.