Electrelane – Axes 2xLP on Too Pure
For four tiny little girls from
The bands have a pop at everything wrapping it in their own coating of hypnotic groove. They have chosen once again to travel to
This album is far from a one trick pony however.’ Business or Otherwise’ sees the band dabbling with the avant-garde, a track led primarily by drums and guitar with lots of silence and no real pattern. The drums epileptic, the guitar like needles, piano pushing in here and there, it segues into an achingly beautiful band work-out which is reminiscent of Spacemen’s 3’s – ‘See you on the Other Side’ given a kicking, then a facelift and left hanging in the sun with the tempo going through the roof as Verity is singing if you can call it that. It is part sneer, part shout, so English in it’s derisive tone, the band urging her to get it out of her system, guitars flashing sparks, the drums so incredibly solid, they could go on for decades. For a change of mood, side 4 starts with a banjo and trumpet, joined by the Chicago Acapella for a rather uplifting, if sluggish track warning of the dangers of Axes with extraordinary vocal flourishes.
The more you listen, the more the different ideas become apparent between tracks and the more obvious the continuation from ‘PowerOut’ is. It’s about how the tracks are constructed and then laid together.
The penultimate track is a frantic hypnotic guitar affair, but is preceded by a doleful elegiac piano intro, which makes the full tilt of the second part more exciting. As the album closes and once again the band are whirled away on a tight rhythmic track, the up-lifting Acapella vocals really fill the track with a new day dawning feeling, which I think is a truly fantastic way to finish an album, as if they are just getting into their stride leaving you anxious for the next instalment.
I truly think Electrelane are among the most important bands around and this album is too good to miss.
By Mr Olivetti