The Shallows CD
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The Shallows explores our relationships with technology. Set to a dark motorik pulse and haunted by machines, production duties were handed to Richard Formby, celebrated for his work on the Mercury Prize-nominated Two Dancers by Wild Beasts. The Shallows deals with themes of information overload, charts a history of how our tools have shaped us, and asks how our recent reliance on digital technology to obtain information has changed the way we think and retain knowledge.
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guitar; Guy Bannister plays another guitar and sings; Alistair Bowis
manages the bass and Simon Fogal deals with the drums. They make a
dark and somewhat gloomy sound but it is also very neat and tidy thanks
to producer Richard Formby's austere realisation of their muse. I was
reminded more than once of singer Peter Hammmil's gothic visions. It is
as though Mr Martin has been digging around in his Dad's pile of old Van
Der Graaf Generator recordings. (The songs 'The Turning Of The Bones'
and especially 'Water/Sand' bear witness to that splendid band's heyday).
The mood of the music is largely downbeat and mid-paced but within the
boundaries of the single-minded formula there is plenty of light and shade.
Mr Fogal delivers a consistently strong rhythmic structure to the nine
compositions at our disposal; chiming guitars add colour here and there
to the predominantly monotone sound palette and Mr Martin intones the
words with a maudlin semi-spoken baritone. There aren't many laughs to be
had but this is clearly the ensemble's raison d'etre. Misery becomes them.
Of particular note I very much enjoyed 'Mnemosyne' with its reverberating
Wild-West tremolo guitar chords; 'The Hive', which is very nearly a pop
song of sorts (albeit one at home in twilight's ambiguous shadows) and the
almost frisky 'We Used To Talk', with its pulsing cardiac percussion.
'The Shallows' probably wouldn't go down too well at a party but I truly think
that I Like Trains are onto something here. Oblivion has rarely sounded so good.
This is a stark, moody, atmospheric album that gets better with each listen.
There are echoes of melancholic Magazine in there and a leaning towards Joy Division/Interpol but I Like Trains do conjure up a sound of their own. The album kind of wraps itself around you and you can feel totally immersed in the overall sound.
Like the headline said, definitely worth investigating. Hopefully, like me, you'll be well rewarded.
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A single that goes way too quick - this is an album band.Published 16 months ago by Michael Patriksson
A brilliant album from a very underrated band,go see them live,three superb albums under their belts now and a couple of EP's!Published on 17 Jan. 2014 by Pinny