Hmmm, I'm actually a tiny bit underwhelmed with the new 65 album. But with a massive emphasis on "tiny": it's still very, very good, but from the pre-order teaser mp3 I was expecting something in the near-OK Computer echelons. It's not quite that good - more of an 8.5/10 than the 9.5/10 I was expecting - and so [and probably quite unjustly] I am getting a very slight aftertaste of disappointment with it, despite the mostly yummy taste of awesome/win/other grammatically incorrect web superlative.
On reflection, I think Tiger Girl is my bone of contention: there aren't enough changes of dynamics in the song to justify its 10 minute length, IMO. That said, Weak4 and Go Complex are as good as anything they've done: Drove Through Ghosts, 65 Doesn't Understand You and Radio Protector included.
Haven't got it yet but Mountainhead is lovely and am loving Tiger Girl myself, very euphoric. It's on spotify as well as their myspace fyi but am looking forward to it landing in my post box tomorrow hopefully.
First new Klaxons track since 2007 is up at www.klaxons.net. I am a very happy boy. Very happy indeed.
On a different tack, on reflection after several dozens of listens by now, the new 65 album We Were Exploding Anyway is by far and away the best record they've ever made... with the exception of Tiger Girl, which has for me not proved to be a grower with multiple listens, but actually gets worse in a Radiohead 'House Of Cards'-style manner every time I hear it. What on earth were they thinking ending an otherwise classic album with this sub-Chemical-Brothers-at-their-noodly-worst (rather than the Chems' brilliant best) filler track? Maybe you guys will disagree, but all my 65-loving friends are of pretty much the same opinion. But the rest of the record is sheer bliss for every microsecond, however.
I interviewed Paul for OxStu and he said Tiger girl "is a really big deal for me. We've been listening to a lot of Underworld and Orbital, and to pull off a simple 4/4 kick drum song is more impressive, as it's easy to sound impressive with crazy programming". I think it may not be as musically interesting as a Drove Through Ghosts, Mountainhead or Weak4 but it's still a brilliant song that most bands would kill to have written and definitely one of my album faves if I'm in the right mood. Sometimes it's a little long perhaps but It has a scope that the Chemical brothers, despite their glorious poppyness, would never be able to achieve.
Meh, I think it's just dynamic-less noodling that ends up going nowhere. But each to their own.
You want a long-song epic that is filled with euphoria and gets you off your feet and onto the dancefloor? The Chemical Brothers' "The Test" is your boy. Want a song that feels like it's never going to end (not in a good way) and that hasn't got any gears to shift up through as it moves? The Chems' "The Sunshine Underground" or 65's "Tiger Girl" does the job.
Looks like the end of the year's hotting up. I've picked up Richard A. Ingram's solo album (aka Gambler from Oceansize). Desolate ambient stuff, it's pretty good but kind of niche. Rosetta's Deteminism of Morality's in the post too which I hope will cheer me up about Isis breaking up and all.
It's going to be a great autumn with OSI, PRR and Oceansize anyone know when Vessels' new album's out? They had a couple of awesome new songs when they were supporting Oceansize.