Lymbyc Systym is the work of two brothers (Michael and Jared Bell), which would explain the perfect synchronicity they display in the music they make. Split Stones is a colourful electronic jaunt made up of tracks that aren’t afraid to pile layer on top of layer: they have the skills to keep it danceable no matter what. Released by Western Vinyl.
6/10 Laurie Staff review, 14 October 2015
Do siblings always make great music together? The press release for Lymbyc Systym’s latest seems to think so. Maybe they’re both good musicians. Maybe there’s no connection other than genetics. Maybe Santa’s a lie.
Before I ruin too many cute sentiments, let’s take a look at the music itself. They’ve been making tunes together for a while now, their debut out in ‘06, not sure what it sounded like but you can use youtube or something. On this, they’re dreaming together in strict instrumental mode, with lots of synths doing funky pentatonics with more epic, post-rock-y melody over the top featuring some guitar. There’s some occasional ‘80s balladry - on ‘Morning Flats’ you can smell the hairspray on the artificial wind blowing on Jon Bon Jovi’s hair as he spreads his hands wide and yells ‘I’M FREE’ to no one. I can imagine some of the more chiptuney math rockers will get down to this, which is probably why it has our Ian’s seal of approval.
It’s like slightly cheesy beach music played by delicious-sounding synth oscillators jammed on by This Will Destroy You. They’re not lying when they want to keep it danceable, this one bursting with bubbly energy. You know when people call themselves bubbly? This sounds like them. ’Streaming Consciousness’, possibly the shortest one on here, is possibly the best, those ringing guitar plucks completely stopping everything in its tracks.
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