Vermont DJ/producer Morgan Page recently revealed to MTV that his fourth studio effort was recorded using electricity harnessed by solar panels at his home studio. This environmentally-friendly approach also appears to have extended to the album’s actual material, as DC To Light is little more than a recycling of the 34-year-old’s former glories.
Indeed, despite an almost entirely new line-up of guest performers, including Britt Dailey and The Oddictions, Polina, Chris Batson, David Jackson, Rosette & Dirty Radio, the follow-up to 2012’s In The Air still feels instantly familiar.
Fronted by Angelika Vee, “Safe Till Tomorrow” echoes the multi-layered synth-pop of Page’s 2008 Grammy-nominated hit “The Longest Road,” and although it’s always a joy to hear the whiskey-soaked tones of regular collaborator Lissie, the moody progressive house of “Open Heart” sounds like every other track on which the pair have previously worked together. Even so, Morgan Page on autopilot can still be a fairly appealing prospect when he’s engaging in this kind of melodic fare, with the twinkling piano melancholy of opener “No Ordinary Life” and low-key closer “Farewell” also providing some well-crafted hooks.
Unfortunately DC To Light is largely more concerned with massive bass drops, irritating high-pitched synths and generic four-to-the-floor beats, with the likes of “Against The World,” “Strike” and “Save You” all blurring into one homogenous mass of by-the-numbers EDM, and “We Receive You” and “Think Of You” both descending into the kind of brainless fratboy fare you’d expect from the current crop of Las Vegas headliners.
With Morgan Page’s peers recently experimenting with everything from classical piano (deadmau5) to indie rock (Kaskade), a record as utterly generic and unadventurous as DC To Light simply won’t cut it anymore.