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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for Brooklyn-based Max Clarke was recorded in Los Angeles and New York.
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  1. Q Magazine
    May 8, 2018
    80
    Quietly intoxicating, it's equal parts brain and beauty. [Jul 2018, p.111]
  2. May 4, 2018
    80
    Cut Worms' music might not be as immediate as Andy Shauf's, or as inventive as Whitney's, but for listeners who miss the time when songwriters wrote actual songs, this album should not be overlooked.
  3. May 4, 2018
    80
    It's a wonderful debut, and even if Clarke and Cut Worms veer away from this sound in the future, at least he will have left the world this one slice of genius retro-pop.
  4. 75
    Toward the song’s end, “Mad About You” takes a left turn into a blurry coda unlike anything else on Hollow Ground. It is a sign of stronger connections to the present that Clarke can turn to, having proven here beyond a doubt his prowess with the past.
  5. May 4, 2018
    75
    Clarke’s tendency to drift into the otherworldliness of his act’s namesake brings some much-needed grime to all that bubblegum.
  6. May 4, 2018
    72
    There are elegant touches like this on each of Hollow Ground’s 10 songs, resulting in an album whose familiar melodies don’t demand your full attention but earn it anyway.
  7. May 7, 2018
    70
    Artists risk an absolute mauling when they wear their favourite era as a Halloween costume for a whole record, but here, at least, the joy of an unknown nostalgia far outweighs the realities of the grim present.
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