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- Lanterns by Son Lux
7/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 23 October 2013
Here’s a slice of super-polished experimental indiepop from Son Lux, another band who have managed to be active for quite a while without me hearing them (until now!). I’m listening to them now, though, and this is pretty solid stuff, vocal-heavy arrangements with subtle synth details and dark ‘80s atmospherics finding a space between the space age chills of bands like Cold Cave and the big budget leftfield pop of bands like Alt J or Wild Beasts.
‘Ransom’ makes handy use of some squiggling panicked string samples and stomping industrial dance beats alongside a Tears For Fears-esque singsong vocal line, and the stripped back ‘Easy’ has some nice staccato Menomena-esque trombone parps and handclaps for an off kilter sleazy late night r’n’b strut. Sometimes it does get a bit neon and overpolished (try the overcooked Animal Collective meets Arcade Fire sprawl of ‘No Crimes’ - a sure opinion-divider) but the mixture of orchestral touches and a consistent smattering of studio weirdness throughout actually makes for a perfectly palatable ride most of the time.
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