The return of Daniel Agust was a major turning point for Gus Gus, I felt they were a bit wayward without him and without being bad, Earth leaving is also a good move for the band. Their last album strayed far too close to mainstream house really. What appeals about Gus Gus is their creative electronica, madness and different appeal.
First thing to take into account, their debut album 'Polydistortion' was a magical place in time, they will never recreate it. For many of us Gus Gus fan's, it was the pinnacle, but we should always be open and is unfair of us to expect a recreation.
So, what of this new album? I'm more than happy. It's slimlined, polished with the typical Gus Gus elements such as a more creative techno-ish sound and incredible vocals from Daniel too. They've clearly also adapted to the sound of their German label, Kompakt. Reykjavik has always had a great techno scene and this goes along well with the etiquette and style of Kompakt.
As for the songs, 'Add This Song' is the main single, and builds and builds. 'Bremen Cowboys' is the only totally instrumental track but not boring by any means! 'Hateful' is a vicious verbal attack on an ex-lover, partner or friend, tied to a hard techno beat and is one of those songs that gives you power when you're in a bad mood! 'On The Job' is slightly wacky in the traditional Gus Gus style, it shows they haven't lost it!
The synth and keyboard work is minimal yet adds great depth to the songs. It will have you dancing, and if you're just listening to it home, twitching and nodding!
Overall, it's fantastic to see the boys from Reykjavik back and in such style too, in both sounds and vision, check the natty threads inside the album cover.