Boomkat Product Review:
The Swedish duo return with their 2nd album in as many years for Avian.
'Linear S Decoded' feels more toned, tensile and moody than the caustic attacks of their debut 'Strgths', and at 13 tracks long it's quantitatively more substantial, giving the pair more room to generate a broader spectrum of melodic emotion and crushed drum patterns. That said, it still operates mostly at the submerged, midnight end of the spectrum, ready for immersion in the club, or equally in headphones.
There's some ripe dancefloor gear in the hydraulic pump of 'Drain This Lord', the roiling synthline flux of 'Elocution' and the darkside elevation 'This Hmming Raverie', plus gnarled post-industrial and breakbeat techno structures in the busted flex of 'The Under Shore' and the T++-alike 'Sub Mission - The Atlantic Vision', balanced with atmospheric narrative sinew in the noirish swirl of 'Wadin Guise' and 'Helical Dialog', amounting to a coherently bleak and cryptically detached long player.