8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 04 September 2012
Londoners Eat Lights Become Lights are back with another album. Dave said last year’s debut ‘Autonomia’ “wears its krautrock influences on its face” and the same can be said for this one, with Neil Rudd’s crew rocking through seven lively, pulsating krautrock numbers on this new LP.
The production is very slick and despite the repeato aspect the songs are quite fast-moving almost to the point of being chaotic on occasion, with dense layers of guitar and electronics and motorik drums creating densely-textured churn-riffs with repetitive, danceable grooves that bring to mind Death In Vegas, A Place To Bury Strangers, and in places even early M83. There’s some dense wah-fuzz guitar heroics on the title track which is totally reminding me of The Heads too. It’s balls to the wall psych-rock with beefed up kraut grooves and slatherings of lively, bright electronics and smooth synth drones for overwhelming layers of pulsating metronomic krautrawk!
They do take things down a later on notch too, though, with a bass pulse, synth drone and cyclical bloops carving out the long intro to slow-burners ‘Syd Mead Cityscape’ and ‘Terminus IV’, the latter’s John Carpenter pulses and swelling industrial drones and simple repetitive drums later bursting into bright minimal riffing with a simple little synth melody for a really uplifting, danceable chunk of hypno-rock, and closer ‘Runners’ finally fully embraces the less-is-more aesthetic with its metronomic beat which gradually speeds up to give a constant panicky tension until it finally breaks out into Cave-meets-Hookworms psychedelic space-rocking for a rousing finale.
Basically it’s all about the repetition and the painstakingly layered guitar, synth, computer and drum textures. I feel like it can get a little overbusy at times but it’s energetic, melodic, and clearly a labour of love.
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