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Boomkat Product Review:
The posterboys for the now surely long-forgotten nu-rave movement return with their much-delayed sophomore effort. After working with multiple producers and at one point being marched back into the studio by their label (on the grounds that their first attempt was "too experimental") Klaxons have finally emerged from their recording bunker with a new album, polished by big-name producer Ross Robinson - a man whose prior credits include Slipknot, Korn and Limp Bizkit. Anyone fearing that this might turn Klaxons' once lovably precarious sound into a Download Festival-headlining behemoth needn't concern themselves. Surfing The Void is undoubtedly a tighter package than its predecessor, but not at the expense of the band's more adventurous, Ballard and Pynchon-loving themes and messy sci-fi sonics. Surfing The Void Early single 'Echoes' might sound like too much of a continuation of Myths Of The Near Future for some, yet it's an undeniably effective refinement of the boisterous, hook-wielding pop that made their Mercury-winning debut such a pleasure. 'Flashover' is similarly rip-roaring, sounding massive despite its inclination towards electronically-aided art-pop weirdness - here the band come across as being a little like a stadium-ready Silver Apples. One of the most successful tracks here is 'Venusia', which - by no coincidence - is also one of the stranger entries too, relying on deranged vocals and careening synths. Following on is the comparably entertaining 'Extra Astronomical' - a surly and distorted barrage of bass and stamping beats - and the slow, psychedelic swagger of 'Twin Flames', subsequently. The record closes strongly, with the cosmos-probing pomp-rock of 'Future Memories' (a surefire candidate for a single) and the weirdo guitar screeches of 'Cypher Speed'. Despite its production history being so fraught with problems - and it being at least a year overdue - Surfing The Void is a surprising success, marking a welcome return for a band who could so easily have found themselves consigned to one-album wonder status.