Boomkat Product Review:
I've always wanted to love Electrelane, I mean, the very idea of them has me in fits - Stereolab and Sonic Youth as primary influences, Kraut rock leanings, girls and guitars. they're almost tailor made to suit my every need, but all of their albums have just fallen slightly short for me. The rather more experimental 'Axes' had tons of praise lavished upon it on it's release but there was something about it that just stopped me from fully gettin it it, and I couldn't quite put my finger on what exactly that was. Now the four ladies are back with 'No Shouts, No Calls', and for me it's their most effortless, enjoyable release to date. Taking cues from the best of 90s DIY indie rock (you remember, the time when every man and their dog was ripping off Sonic Youth) and then giving it the percussion-section of Neu! the band manage to come up with a sound that is well and truly their own. Okay so they still sound a little like Stereolab at times (thanks in part to Verity Susman's peculiarly bittersweet delivery) but then Stereolab sound like a whole truckload of other bands so let's not even go there. With tracks as uninhibited as 'To The East' (which is already one of my singles of the year) and 'Saturday' (which has to be the next single!) juxtaposed with more horizontal moments like the lounge-lite 'In Berlin' and killer instrumental tracks such as the Kraut closer 'The Lighthouse', this is an album that I've played several time from end to end and have enjoyed every moment. I think in essence that's the problem I had with the band's previous recordings, I'd get mid-way through the records and just switch off, but this one - I'm on the edge of my seat until the very last farfisa twinkle. 'No Shouts, No Call's has just got to be one of the summer's greatest indie pop records, effortlessly lodging itself into your mind after just one listen - and carrying the sort of feelgood factor rarely associated with this sort of release. A massive recommendation - if you're new to Electrelane or a seasoned follower - this is an album that will charm and beguile you with equal measure.