Plaid ramp up the grittyness and angry values for their latest outing. Where Not For Threes and Rest Proof Clockwork painted very chilled sonic soundscapes, Double Figure moved back to the more electro sound of Plaid past. Spokes moves further in this direction, several tracks being set to furious electro breaks, much more pace than Double Figure. Where the production is more lively you still get the wonderful orchestra electronica that you'd associate with Plaid. You end up with an album that'd press all your Chiastic Slide buttons while simultaneously yanking on your Music Has The Right To Children lever. Yes.
Taking a few tracks out of this to show you the kind of quality we're dealing with, lets head to the opener Even Spring. THOSE melancholic Plaid keys ease you into the album, eerie vocals before halfway through adding skittery electronic beats. Crumax Rins has a wickedly sinister bassline running through it, fresh and lively breaks and towards the end of the track the sounds used become angrier and more frantic. Something that crops up alot on this album. A great effect, harmony of soft and harsh. B Born Droid is one of the more chilled tracks on here, having a very Eastern vibe. Marry goes straight back to dark electronic breaks theme set against 'church bells ringing' synths. Get What You Gave is more like Not For Threes era Plaid, shuffly bouncy happy beats.
If you liked Double Figure you'll definately love this, absolutely NO dip in quality from Plaid whatsoever, in fact, if anything, they've bettered themselves here. Consistantly great album, lively and fresh!