Boomkat Product Review:
Electrelane's 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.
if you're new to Electrelane or a seasoned follower - this is an album that will charm and beguile you with equal measure.