8/10 Mike Staff review, 24 April 2014
Here's the debut 12" from Standard Planets, a London trio who have enlisted the services of legendary kosmische trailblazer and former Scorpions drummer Harald Grosskopf. The two tracks on display here aren't bad at all; sweeping, moody synthpop with a sleepy cosmic angle, some lovely synth tones and an underlying paranoid feeling of shuffling menace.
'Ethernet' pairs some busy modular bleeping with woozy vocals and a big bold MGMT-esque synth hook, with a few subtle guitar touches and a nice pulsating end section with some twiddly synth action. I'm not totally sold on the vocals, which fall somewhere between Wild Beasts and Kasabian, but they don't really get in the way enough to be particularly irritating either and there's plenty of other interesting stuff to focus on.
'Telegraph' on the other side is more understated and mumbly with a weirdly grinding kind of minimal-industrial shuffle beat, and dense droning melodies set against chiming and chorussed almost Cure-esque guitar and a wistful, breathy vocal that I prefer to the more forceful one on the other side. It gets pretty cinematic towards the end but they don't over-egg it and once again we get a delightful little synth solo from Harald.
This is interesting stuff, English drama-pop sensibilities offset against cold krauty precision to form epic-sounding moody synthpop.
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