Already seven years have gone by since the British new rave scene has been invented.
The mixture of new wave, electronic tunes, techno, mash up, indie, rock and a few other genres didn’t last that long – only for a few years. But it seems like now the time has come to celebrate the comeback of this almost forgotten scene. And who else could set off this comeback than it’s original inventors KLAXONS?
Their new, third record Love Frequency seems to be the genres incarnation. Poppy, catchy, ravey, trashy and psychedelic elements meet 70s disco tunes and mysterious lyrics about reality, illusion, time, the future, love et cetera. After a trip to noisier and heavier tunes with their second record Surfing The Void the British band returns to it’s roots and extends them – Love Frequency could be a continuation of their more restrained ( but also new rave) debut album Myths Of The Near Future.
Love Frequency is introduced by electronic synthies and a distorted voice in A New Reality – perfectly chosen to give a foretaste how the album will be.
Whilst listening to the next track There Is No Other Time you automatically got a picture in your head: the band members wearing golden suits and dancing around – the song could be written in the 70ies disco/funk era.
Show Me A Miracle– the piece with it’s intergalactic video where the band rides motorbikes through a colourful, psychedelic space and meets some aliens- features dubsteb elements and also KLAXONS well-known vocal style: Jamie Reynolds and James Righton who sing in a constant changeover. One voice higher, the other lower. A bit like the call and response principle known from Afro-American music.
Having listened to Love Frequency several times you might realize that there is a little break after it’s first seven songs : the pure instrumental or rather electronic Liquid Light opens the second part of the record. Calmer, slower,more dignified and more dreamy songs are following (as you can for example infer from the song title The Dreamers).
But at the records end KLAXONS are trying to pick up the rave aspect from beginning again: Atom For Atom accumulates itself to fast and danceable tunes and leads over to the albums last track Love Frequency – a mixture of both parts: it features rave elements but also contains calmer aspects.
With their third record Love Frequency KLAXONS go back to their roots. They proof that they are able to create thought-out and catchy dance music which could be the trigger for a new era of rave.
NBHAP RATING: 4/5