8/10 Brian Staff review, 01 April 2010Disappears. Nice name. It is indeed rare to find a straight rock orientated band on Kranky. But when it happened, they were bound to be pretty ace. This band make my kind of music too. Riveting together such elements as stoner & space rock, the more tripped-out end of NZ indie rock and adding a little dash of Krautrock into the bargain, 'Lux' is a thrilling, downtuned, fuzzed-up ride with dingy vocals, some scintillating guitar work, monumental basslines & solid drumming! Perusing the tracks I find 'Pearly gates' is Sonic Youth meets Hawkwind with a spot of Wooden Shjips, 'Not Nothing' reminds me of later period Wire and the title track recalls some of the stranger elements of the Flying Nun roster doing a kind of cerebral spacerock boogie. There are certainly strong Spacemen 3 elements here without any real degree of pastiche. They sound too taut & thrilling & fresh for all that. I think this record will make a lot of old heads really happy as they've got something to offer fans of countless sub-genres whilst delivering a powerful, original album that I feel will stand the test of time!
10/10 Nathon Customer review, 14th December 2010
Just listening to this nice and loud on the headphones on the way back home...fucking off my fellow commuters...and it's really bloody good.
I think Brian sums it up v. nicely: has all the familiarity of the likes of Spacemen 3 without crossing the (thin) line into plain, boring plagiarism.
It's kinda hard to describe how they do it because there's nothing you haven't heard before one way or another here, from Iggyesque vocals to (and I *swear* this works) bloody U2-like riffs punctuating at least one track ("Magics").
Touches of Snapper in there too, Sonic Youth, Wooden Shjips...yup, lots here to keep an old git like me happy.
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