Canadian husband and wife team Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry kick up a lot of dust in their new album 'Sound Kapital'. The nine tracks in this collection straddle electro, pop and rock genres with considerable panache and not a little humour.
Take 'Damage' as a good example of their energy and tenacity. Grinding guitar, driving percussion and sizzling synths meld together in a glorious three-and-a-bit minutes of mayhem; dark and dirty with Mr Boeckner doing his best vampire-in-your-wardrobe impression. So too 'Bury Me Standing', which proves that the dead can, indeed, dance! Great tune; great chorus; an absolute stormer!
It's Handsome Furs' way with melody which has won me over. The beats are huge but when married to thematic content as strong as this it's a formula for a very good time. The spirit of the eighties is never too far away but in this talented couple's hands reinvention becomes far more than mere tribute. This stuff is as fresh as the morning dew.
'Serve The People' is a powerful anthem which trips us up initially with its down-played introduction but when the verse kicks in it arrives like huge blow to the solar plexus, knocking us sideways. It's real hands-in-the-air stuff. The Labour Party might well think about using it as a theme tune to their next election campaign. If they could find an honest candidate (unlikey!) to front the show it'd get my vote hands down! 'Repatriated' comes with a full set of teeth and chews down on a gloriously rollicking rhythmic pattern which sounds like it could be the love child of The Human League and Arcade Fire. For my money it is the transcendental beating heart of the album! Having said that closing track 'No Feelings' comes a very close second. Man and woman and machines unite in an invention of pure primal joy!
This splendid album deserves not to sink like the setting sun without first finding its rightful place in the the echoing halls of electro-heaven.