The Longcut have certainly changed from when I last heard them. Their brooding the Cure stylings seem to have been replaced by a form of brash indie/dance crossover. They certainly have some bold ideas. The fact that I'm not sure as yet what to make of lead track 'Deathmask' is surely a good thing in these days of easi-pigeonhole.
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It must be difficult to de- Cure yourself. The Longcut were once a rather dour collective of Robert Smith aficionados from Manchester but over the years they have detangled their hair, added some bouncing synths and beats and start making a music that is a kind of indie/electronica cross over. 'Punches' sounds more like Joy Division than the Cure and the band have a tendency to use the sort of atmospheric guitars that only seem to emerge out of somewhere rainy.
'Fractals' is pretty smart indie rock with a long intro and collisions of guitars. The vocals are a bit 'woah woah' singalong and this is the sort of thing that I think holds the band back from being anything more than serviceable. However in the moribund world of indie rock this should suit them perfectly fine. It's so much more well constructed and less embarrassing than anything say Bloc Party have shovelled out in the last ten years.
Though they use beats and electronics to augment their sound it's hard to hear much evidence of the Dilla/Flying Lotus influences talked of in the press release. Instead we get standard indie with an electronic edge and I apologise that I can't get more enthusiastic as that.
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