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Klaxons – Surfing The Void

August 12, 2010 by  

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Klaxons – Surfing The Void

NAME: Klaxons
ALBUM: Surfing The Void
DATE: 23August2010

LABEL: Polydor


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Less Rave, More Intergalactic Adventures

LOCATION: Bornemouth, UK

LINE UP: Jamie Reynolds- bass/vocals, James Righton- keyboards/vocals. Simon Taylor-Davies- guitar, Steffan Halperin – drums

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WHAT’S THE STORY?: When Myths of the Near Future bounced onto the scene back in 2006, it altered the face of what was deemed ‘cool’ by the powers that be. (thanks, NME) Suddenly we were all clad in unfeasibly lairy vintage jumpers and neon trainers, 90s rave had a sweaty spandex revival and a myriad of inferior bands danced onto the Klaxons cosmic bandwagon. Yes, nu-rave had crash landed and for better or worse, no club night was complete without a different remix of Atlantis to Interzone driving the crowd into a frenzy.

Klaxons could do no wrong; ravers were happy, indie kids took a hiatus from jangly guitars and literary geeks squealed with barely contained glee at the references to postmodern icons Pynchon, Ballard and Burroughs. All was rosy in the Klaxons camp with a promise of a triptych of records building on the themes of their debut, then suddenly, everything was quiet as they worked on new material (a whole album’s worth scrapped) while nu-rave vanished up its own shiny-grimy arse somewhere in Shoreditch.

SOUNDS LIKE: Cut to four years later. Spandex leggings are an embarrassing memory (again) and Klaxons return with ‘Surfing the Void,’ attempting to return to the glory of its predecessor. Does it live up to these lofty expectations? A resounding yes. Sure, it may not be as immediate as ‘Myths…’ but there is enough here musically and lyrically to sink your teeth into for many listens. Much darker than the last album, everything sounds bigger somehow, with lush arrangements that occasionally slide into a guitar-heavy, almost metallic sound. There’s definitely less ‘rave’ here, the band seem to have taken their signature sign and added layer after layer of massive guitars and synthesized breakdowns. Almost prog in places despite the relatively short running time, the tracks melt together into frequent walls of noise, and curious grinding sounds that wouldn’t sound out of place in a David Lynch movie.

Single, ‘Echoes’ starts things off in euphoric fashion before plunging you headfirst into the weird space odyssey of the album, traveling through highlights ‘Valley of the Calm Trees;’ as catchy as ‘Golden Skans’ and the epic ‘Venusia,’ sure to be a stadium filler. Everything here sounds huge, the instruments blending organically together, forming a cohesive powerhouse of an album. Finisher Cypherspeed finishes things in a truly climatic fashion, robotic voices seemingly echoing through galaxies into your headphones. Awesome stuff. The band have progressed, taking a breathtaking new direction that will leave very few disappointed.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You’ve been waiting four long years for the next installment of Klaxons’ space adventures..


Submitted By Nadia



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