Review: Devin Tait - Art Damage

Updated: Mar 2, 2019

In a world gone mad, Devin Tait can only sing the truth. Exploring themes from a gay sauna to the end of the universe, his sophomore solo album "Art Damage" serves up a fresh take on 80s new wave and synth pop. First single "Anyone Can Break Somebody's Heart" features comedienne and female drag performer Wendy Ho in perhaps her first turn as a serious dance diva. The remix by noted producer Mr Anderson (Solar City Music) is sure to set fire to dancefloors around the globe.

Art Damage is comprised of 11 incredible tracks where Devin uses various genres, such as SynthPop and Dance. The album opens with a groovy composition called "End Of An Era" which, in my opinion, is a great choice for the album opener. Starting with a catchy beat and synths, it brings vibes of pop music from the past century. Featured vocals from Rayssa, main and backing, sound so good along with Devin's. This is followed by "Meathooks" - an upbeat tune with a hard rock vibe, which makes this song much more interesting. It plays on the contrast of the various effects and mix of genres. The third track - "Anyone Can Break Somebody's Heart" (feat. Wendy Ho) - starts with synths and drums: this song literally makes us feel the whole mood of the album. Catchy melodies and short but powerful choruses, which will definitely stay in your head for a long time. "By My Side" impressed me with its dynamics and meaningful lyrics: this made this song much more personal, as well as the track "Jason". "Hotel Terminus," which is one of my favorites from the album, is a memorable song: it could easily be a soundtrack for a game or TV show. The same feeling can be experienced with "Infraded" because of the wide backing vocals from guest Niki Svara (who also appears on "By My Side") and whole mood of the track. "Dear Christine," which features bassist Christopher Freeman from the legendary band Pansy Division, is the one that will definitely make listeners move because of its dynamics. This song is an upbeat track which will make you even sing along, and piano parts make it much more beautiful, despite the dark subject matter. Reflective and meaningful track "Glisten" is the one that helps you to dive into deep thoughts after a hard day. Bonus track "Spark But No Fire" by British synth-wave act Sphat-90 features Devin as the main vocalist, and has a very catchy melody which makes listeners wanna dance. The album finishes with a remix of "Anyone Can Break Somebody's Heart" by Mr. Anderson - I think this is an awesome idea, because it helps listeners to see the song from completely new, fresh side.

To sum up, everything in Art Damage comes together in a stream of consciousness style. This is an unforgettable journey into the mix of SynthPop and indie music, and meaningful lyrics, all in one piece.