The Great Electric are an indie supergroup who have turned their hand to making music influenced by ‘70s German electronic and prog rock bands. They feature Darren Hayman (Hefner), Pete Gofton (Kenickie), Malcolm Doherty and Rob Hyde. The music is delivered with a slice of indie-pop melody and a twist of Stereolab and Quickspace. White coloured vinyl LP, limited to 300 copies.
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I needed this. I needed the version of old-days homaging krautrock and kosmische that is, in fact, really goofy, living with a song in its heart, the trees swaying over it like a kindly guardian. The shiny, unabashedly silly sound of the Great Electric makes their rather well-worn aesthetic newly blissful, the melodies playing out with new, simple energy and the vocoder vocals picked up on like the tech just came into existence. It’s played with awe.
In many ways, this self-titled jam is familiar, but I’ll take the anthemic, near fanfare version of its genre happily: the guitars of “Music and Colour” chug alongside a castle-fortified synthline that make them sound like the penultimate scene of an action movie where everything’s starting to go right. The nine minute “Mope” does nothing of the sort, really: it’s a lovely meditative jam of warbling electronics, ghostly strums and, at last gasp, a groovy, repetitive climax that sees it rise from its slumber and face the day. Even in these darker moments, there’s humility and naivety to this band that keeps them from the straight and narrow path of their influences.
It’s literally just now become the right weather for this record, which is the metric upon which I measure all things: “Mount Nod” and its arpeggiating, coalescing melodies mark the start of the sunshine. It may not be the most subtle of records, but each moment smacks of a band in love with the very thing they're tributing, and that's nice. Stick with these songs long enough and they'll find the passage for you -- the slice of guitar "Mound Nod" segues into is a glorious thing.
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