Electrelane return with the first single from 'The Power Out' (which unfortunately isn't released until Jan '04). There are hints of stuff from 'Rock It to the Moon' while at the same time progressing. One of the most noticeable differences is the singing, i.e. there is singing as opposed to the mostly instrumental tracks from 'Rock It...'. The overall sound actually reminds me quite a lot of Joy Division, a repetitive (but good) bass line going throughout while the other instruments do their thing over the top.
I've always loved the Electrelane sound and I would have been pretty happy with a 'Film Music version 2' etc., but, with the help of Steve Albini, they've produced something that keeps the cinematic, urgent feel of their songs while introducing other elements too.
Only criticism: it's too short! It's not even like it needed to be which is a shame. But all in all, a great return from the band.