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Treats

Treats

21 May 2010
4.2 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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I was first turned onto the duo from Brooklyn by a friend on twitter and have since fell in love with the interesting dynamic between the singers unique voice twisted in with guitar and electronica. Their music is hard to translate into words. The only way I've been able to describe them to people is a toned down version of Crystal Castles mixed with a very small bit of muse's guitar riffs.

This poor description shows how different Sleigh Bells are to the norm and deserve a listen. My favourite track is the opener "Tell 'Em" for its brash and unreservedly explosive introduction to the band.

Great album, worth the asking price 100%.
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This record seems to be being touted as an underground classic in the making. This is slightly deceptive because, in fact, it is pure pop. It consists entirely of stomping beats, repetitive lyrics and enormous riffs. It has a whole string of potential singles that, if there were any justice in the world, would be number 1 hits.

Except. The production.

Now, normally, I feel production is something that should take a back seat but in this case it's impossible to ignore. All these recordings are brutally redlined. Do you remember cassette recorders? Do you remember the crude automatic level control that messed your recordings up and meant that whenever the drums cut in everything else cut out? Well, Sleigh Bells have used a bunch of expensive valve gear to achieve exactly the same effect. presumably. I dunno, maybe they did run it through the mic on an old portable. You could hold it up as a masterclass in how not to master a record. It shouldn't work at all.

This is either complete idiocy or a stroke of genius. I'm coming down on the side of genius. Somehow it all works. This is a great record.

PS My partner commented "if it weren't for the production it would be the Ting Tings". She's right. I don't think this is a bad thing on any count.
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Sleigh Bells are a duo out of Brooklyn; this is their first album and doing quite nicely in the USA.
Derek E Miller's distort guitar combined with trusty laptop backings, through which weaves the sometimes ethereal, otherwise plaintive and occasionally hard rock voice of Alexis Krauss is a fine example of Noise Pop. With all the joyous frantic clamour of a playground handclapping game carried out by a horde of adults let loose from the strictures of their jobs or studies this album grabs your senses and will not let go; feet start tapping, hands joining in using knees as percussion and you tend to stop doing just what you were doing, drawing in by the persistent grinding rhythms, and that voice which should not be able to be making itself heard over the sound.
Now, be fair you might have a bit of difficulty separating one song from the next at times, but in this case it does not matter, just let yourself be carried along by the beat- Yep, we are dealing with music at its tribal basics here albeit fed through the wonders of 21st century technology and overlaid with repetitive but insistently simple captivating lyrics.
I understand that Noise Pop claims a lineage as far back as The Velvet Underground , I guess that's to do with the distort and the driving rhythms- that would explain why it's grabbing me. Though I wouldn't like to push the comparison any further. This is one great album for being caught up in the sound, never mind your major musical preferences....or generation-timeless y'see.
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Bear with me, if you please. The first bar of music (noise?) that just came bursting hence forth from my speakers just gave my ears a shudder and my never-regions an all together uncomfortable experience. This, ladies and gentlemen is a feeling that I suspect is being replicated by all the scenesters and heroes of blogs-ville the world over. For this is the sound of Brooklyn's brand new idols, Sleigh Bells.

Consisting of multi-instrumentalist Derek E. Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss, Sleigh Bells have been tearing up the online forums and music publications for the last few months after a string of single releases (most notably the distort ridden 'Crown On The Ground) and abrasive live shows. Easily filed alongside such other noise pop duo's Crystal Castles, it is easy to see the influences that have come about in creating this superb debut. A little bit of NY's finest, Suicide, the military craft of M.I.A and the pop sheen of 'Erotica' era Madonna. But I also detect the slight influence of 50's rock 'n' roll stars such as Chuck Berry, various 70's punk heroes (such as Dead Boys or The Voidoids) and any amount of 80's hair metal legends. Basically this album runs the gambit of the history of music, and yet it has a sound that could only have come about during the internet age.

Take track 2 'Kids' for example. It starts with the kind of guitar riff that would have felt at home on any Def Leppard release, then adds to the mix a hip hop style military drum loop, lets Krauss's angelic & innocent vocals give the song a solid base and then distorts the whole thing with weird fuzz (sorry, could'nt think of a better or more appropriate word).
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