Closure in Moscow
Pink Lemonade


5.0
classic

Review

by M Wytsyd USER (4 Reviews)
May 7th, 2014 | 82 replies


Release Date: 05/09/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not too sweet, not too sour, five years later, Pink Lemonade is a downright psychotropic epic.

*We musicians can be a fickle, endlessly discerning bunch. In the role of the artist, nostalgia and complacency can easily turn into enemies. But as a fan, sometimes we can't stress it enough; if it ain't broken, don't fix it. Such an obstacle is deftly illustrated in the soulful saga that has become Closure in Moscow.

Five years after their 2009 post-rock inspired debut, fans could easily expect the sounds of a band matured. And matured they have. But in taking more than one cue from contemporaries Mars Volta, Closure in Moscow have served us Pink Lemonade with a serious dose of psychedelic sauciness, unafraid to grin defiantly through even their most twisted of vibes. The results are tart, and occasionally profound.

At the start of it, the soft, reverberating nature soundscape gives way to odd-meter riffs, sensual grooves, and the most tasteful of ludicrous lyrics. There were several moments I equated my first listen of the album with a serious psychedelic trip; insane, abstract correlations and strange words I'd never heard before, not to mention visions of dinosaurs and techno-prostitutes... like a night of magic mushies, Pink Lemonade approaches goofy distortions and effects with cinematic, existential vision. Think Blade Runner meets Mighty Boosh in a Tarantino-presented blues festival.

'Neoprene Byzantine' and 'Dinosaur Boss Battle' reach new heights for the band in terms strutting their stuff, but not without turns of subtle, Chechire-Cat teases. Chorus-laden guitar lines drip with style and fuzz, as vocalist Christopher DeCinque channels the fearlessness of both a young Robert Plant or Freddie Mercury. Fans will be happy to hear the already impeccable vocal interplay between DeCinque and backup-vocalist/guitarist Mansur Zanneli are even more effective this time around, even when competing with bizarre voiceovers spoken in Japanese or Robot Speak. It's almost elegant for how visceral it all is.

The bands new rhythm section brings an absurd amount of funk and danceability to the album, a topic of some debate among long-time fans. When drummer Salvatore Aidone and bassist Duncan Miller tastefully lay their chops down over the shiny, pop-influenced single 'Seeds of Gold,' listeners will inevitably find themselves "dancing like they don't know they suck," as was warned in the album preview.

However, more stubborn listeners may not know how to react to all this sheer joy and wonderment if they expected a post-rock opus similar to First Temple or the 'albumette' before that. It's true. The more angular side of the band has subsided, but their creativity has surged. The consistency lies in it's vision and execution. While the music takes a daring, obvious leap towards psychedelic blues, a far cry for the most part from their previous outings, the band's quasi-esoteric passions burn ever brighter.

'Mauerbauertraurigkeit,' the albums slowest moment, is the one genuinely nostalgic track, occasionally sounding like it originated from the days of The Penance and the Patience. Incidentally, this was my one issue with the entire album. The song itself is beautiful, and stands amazing on its own, but the nostalgia alone distracted me from the flow of the album for a minute. Although it does lead to the now even more progressive 'Church of the Techno Christ' and truly interesting 'Beckon Fire.' 'Fire' is a truly moody, almost hip-hop influenced slow burn, and possibly my favorite track.

Much like the fuchsia tinged ridiculousness (or the 'fuchsiafied dream') the album gets its name from, the separate ingredients of the record are as mischievous as they are mysterious. Both immediately satisfying and worth savoring with taste, Pink Lemonade is the sound of sweet and sour magic several years in the making.


user ratings (282)
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other reviews of this album
Jade STAFF (3.8)
This here is your techcommunion...

kevin234 (5)
Not too sweet and not too sour. Not too satirical and not too serious....

Tony Li (3)
Not as appetizing as the album name suggests....


Comments:Add a Comment 
VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
May 7th 2014


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review man. I'm assuming you meant post-hardcore not post-rock in the third last paragraph though.

Azn.
May 7th 2014


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

uh......

Beauville88
May 7th 2014


241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Erm...

StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014


66 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ehrm...

YakNips
May 7th 2014


17605 Comments




paradox1216
Emeritus
May 7th 2014


730 Comments


this album sounds very much like it puts style over substance, but it's still pretty fun so far

StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014


66 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It is indeed very stylish. And the substance of the record will be a matter of contingence for a long time, I think haha. But I honestly think there's quite a bit once you move past the extremism. Which you totally can.

Azn.
May 7th 2014


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

nah lol

LordePots
May 7th 2014


29457 Comments


ew alt

Digging: Leitvox - Floating Promises

StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014


66 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Probably not you, Azn.

StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014


66 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No one has even had time to trip balls to this yet. Give it tiiiiiime.

MeatSalad
May 7th 2014


16431 Comments


i thought first temple was mediocre and pretty gay, will i like this

Scoot
May 7th 2014


18395 Comments


actually stoked to hear this now

StarvingArtist
May 7th 2014


66 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm going to say it's worth a shot lolz.

OllieS
May 7th 2014


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is wicked

RivalSkoomaDealer
May 7th 2014


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Had no idea this leaked. Gotta check this out immediately.

Digging: Swans - The Glowing Man

mynameischan
Emeritus
May 7th 2014


17960 Comments


WE musicians

kevin234
May 7th 2014


247 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A grower for sure. There is a lot to digest here, both musically and lyrically. Both of the reviews so far make no attempt at finding themes in the lyrics. Likewise, neither is exemplary. I did find Azn.'s review to be better than this one. In terms of rating, this is more in the 4-4.5 range, not sure this is a five. At least, not yet.

kevin234
May 7th 2014


247 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Much like the fuchsia tinged refreshment the album gets its name from"



oh please.

Clefairy
May 7th 2014


86 Comments


I might check this



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