Vinyl 12" £8.99 VAN276
Ltd 12" EP on Static Caravan. Edition of 300 copies.
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The Great Electric’s own definition of their sound is something like Neu! If they wore Clarks. They could have been joking, but it’s pretty spot on.
Somewhat of a supergroup, the band are made up of members of Hefner, J Xaverre, Mum and Dad and GoKart Mozart, and they formed through a mutual appreciation of classic German electronic and progressive acts of the 1970s, as well as sharing an affinity for the pop sensibilities and production of various 90's bands like Stereolab and Quickspace. Those influences are well represented on the band’s debut LP, EP1. Their tendency to create accessible, pop induced heaviness is evidenced in the hypnotising motorik and thick, layered melodies.
The only down side here – for me at least – is the vocoder; I tend to find the robotic vocals really tedious after a while, but I suppose it comes with the territory of space rock, and here it's only subtle.
With tricks at every corner, the results make for an interestingly cosmic, trippy listen. “Jump Over The House” is the most FM friendly of them all, with its frantic hybrid of 60’s Detroit soul, a motorik pulse, and a subtle vocodered line that is reminiscent of millennium-era Trans Am.
Their craft is best executed when they delve into more space age pop territory, however: take the lead track “Music and Colour”: its rigid bass and layers of my favourite thing – repetition, really prevails.
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