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  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: I Like Records
  • ASIN: B007NZVZRM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
I Like Trains are a four-piece from Leeds. David Martin sings and plays
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.

Recommended.
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I only recently picked up on I Like Trains. I viewed/heard a couple of the songs on You Tube and was impressed enough to buy the most recent album (I have since picked up its predecessor, 'He Who Saw The Deep').

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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More doom laden shoe gazing from the Leeds band,that said has a more electronic vibe going on than their previous releases,you kind of know what you are going to get with I like trains,that said it is a fine way to spend an introspective 40 mins of you life, I like trains are a fairly unique band with a unique style and sound and the world is all the better for it,there is a danger that I like trains disappear up their collective backsides into pretentiousness and the music becomes a musical soup but hey take it for what it is listen and enjoy Justin Beiber they ain't thank god for that
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