Munich trio Aloa Input drop their second album following 2013’s ‘Anysome’ and it’s a further refinement of the tuneful angularity of the debut, blending drawled vocals, bulky rhythms and elegantly intertwined bass and guitar. Not a million miles away from Franz Ferdinand’s rebooted post-punk, all told, but there’s an intriguing echo of cultish US slackers Swell in there as well.
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If Animal Collective hadn’t have been invented it would have prevented a good third of today’s indie groups from existing in their current form. Aloa Input are another band who throw a similarly minded kitchen sink at things. Their opening ‘Far Away Sun’ is a joyous and vibrant concoction which marries the ecstatic Animal Collective yelp with the kind of post backpack hip-hop/tronica made by the vibrant and vital Themselves. They go all over the place: the influence of Beck Hanson in more clearly heard on ‘Perry’ with its sampled guitar and bluesy mantras, ‘Vampire Song’ could easily be a Postal Service outtake and the impressive 'Hold On' has a fantastic outro worthy of Caribou.
I’m starting to see what this band are doing but the answer appears to be everything. They are big bold and catchy and they are raiding the back passages of indie rock and making something folks can dance to. It’s all very synthetic and sample heavy but you ain’t going to care about that when its blasting out of some big speaker somewhere.
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