The Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future

Klaxons

The Klaxons have been the toast of the NME for the past year or so, spearheading the “new-rave” movement which doesn’t actually seem to exist outside of the pages of said music weekly. Whilst other bands have elements taken from two decades of dance culture, it seems to be the Klaxons that are the torch bearers: CSS are too angular and funky, Enter Shakiri are too heavy to be “rave”. So why do we need “new rave”. Maybe because the indie kids needed dance music that they remember influencing them, instead of PiL and Kraftwerk influencing the previous generation of disco-punk bands like Radio 4 and the Rapture. But in-spite of my distrust, the Klaxons have made a good, if rough round the edges album.

In fact the only real significant part that I thought was “rave” was during the start and chorus of “Atlantis To Interzone”, when a blaring siren goes off. The rest of the album is a mish mash of danceable guitar rock and soulful pop. “Golden Skans” and “Two receivers” are the first two examples of the latter and make up for a great opening. From then it’s a fairly standard indie-dance template: “Totem On The Timeline” and “As Above, So Below” are good, but not exactly danceable. “Magick” is pretty frantic and atonal, but it powers along at a furious pace.

The real noticeable thing about the album is the fact that the songs are all fairly short and too the point. Only one track is over 4 minutes long and if you take out the extra 17 minutes of “Four Horsemen Of 2012” then you’ve got an album that’s 11 tracks long and only 35 minutes long. Now brevity isn’t a bad thing (indeed the band have admitted in interviews that they have a short attention span), but some of the songs just feel rushed and half formed. “Forgotten Works” just sounds to me like the band couldn’t work out a chorus, instead it’s just got a verse with more keyboards. Still it’s going to be interesting to see where the band go after this, especially when they make something as good as “Gravity’s Rainbow” and a brilliantly scratchy cover of “It’s Not Over”.

Klaxons – It’s Not Over:

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