Under Cover of Darkness

16 Dec

Although The Strokes‘ usual catchy melody-lines are becoming less immediately-accessible – obscured, as junk in an attic, amongst electronica and artfully-conflicting instrumental melodies – Angles presents some stellar tracks.

It is with “Machu Picchu”, the album’s starting track, that The Strokes announce their continued reign as the shamans of wise, stinging and practically inaudible lyrics. The song speaks of our society’s culture of exploitation of others in order to turn a profit, its chorus subtly draped with the hovering concept of memento mori.

“Under Cover of Darkness” will grab you by the wrist and pull you into a joyride of jarring and unexpected lead-guitar harmonies. This is the song that will have you thinking: “Life is tragic. Life is triumphant. Fuck it. I want to dance!”.

“You’re So Right”, in its predominantly electronic sound and deadpan vocals, reflects a strong Radiohead influence, whilst  “Gratisfaction” holds onto a classic The Strokes sound, minimizing electronica and processing of vocals.

Whilst Angles may take slightly longer to get into than The Strokes’ earlier work, its dealing with more unusual melodies and harmonies make its tracks diverse and promise the album to be a worthwhile acquired taste.


3 Responses to “Under Cover of Darkness”

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