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on 17 June 2008
This is surely one of the most intruiging prospects that this year has offered us yet. Although ostensibly an indie album (and this is part of it's charm - it manages to be weird without being experimental and remains accessible), Beat Pyramid shifts paradoxically between esoteric electronica, indie dance-fodder, muffled field recordings, concept album stylings, angular hip-hop and eccentric post-punk.
Although at times it baffles, especially compared to the formulaic dance-indie that they're supposed to be making, it's all held together by recurring themes (cyclicality, numbers etc.), tape loops lapping as the record circles in on itself with `..ce I Will Say This Twice' and `I Will Say This Twi...', acting as a kind of narrative arc. For a bunch of teenagers (at the time of release), it's impressively eccentric and I must refute the cruel suggestion in an earlier review that this is too endebted to post-punk. That's just one of the many ideas thrown into the bulging pot.
Stand-out moments: Doppelganger, Swords Of Truth (Gang Gang Dance's looping beats meet Essex grime-punk delivery), Numbers A.K.A Numerology, MKK3 (think The Klaxons with an oedipal complex), and dance-floor indie belter 'Elvis.'