Our album of the week (28th April 2011)
It's been five years since the last Belong long player, as the duo
works slowly to organise their sound works. Both the time
invested, and the wait, have been well rewarded with this return.
Common Era shows extraordinary progression from that first
album of dense, scorched earth instrumentals, hints of a new
direction having been revealed on the Colorless Record EP from
2008 which contained covers of four should-have-been classics
from the original psychedelic era.
The new material has such common pop elements as “songs”,
vocals and drum machines, but the results could hardly be called
conventional and are like little else happening on the current
The songs themselves are akin to radio transmissions received
from another time and place, just as likely to be the future as the
past, or even from a contemporary alternate universe. They are
both passionate and dispassionate, grey yet technicolor, ghostly
and palpable, distant yet immediate, grainy and focused. Upon
listening these conceptual contradictions are dismissed with
ease, as the recordings reveal that they fit all of these descriptors
simultaneously, an extraordinary balancing act.
Never Came Close
Make Me Return
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