Review Summary: Klaxons get revenge on their record company.
Last year, Klaxons finished recording their second album Surfing The Void
. They had to change a lot of the songs because the record company(Polydor) found them to be 'too experimental'. So, Klaxons threw out those experimental songs and recorded a new, more commercial record. At least that's what they said, because Surfing The Void
still sounded quite special, which wasn't surprising considering the fact that they were drugged throughout the whole production process. The real experiments by the band were locked away. Until now. The band has decided to release the remaining five songs as a free EP called Landmarks Of Lunacy
Where their previous release failed, this album succeeds. Klaxons sound like a band again. This is especially true on Silver Forest
, a relaxing breath of fresh air compared to the noisy tracks found on Surfing The Void
. Gone is the awkward use of keyboards and nonsensical sound effects found on their previous effort, which were only used to make the songs sound spacey. The exeption to this is Ivy Leaves
, where they use a simple background sound effect to create a sense of evolution towards a climax, which ultimately never comes. This makes the song a lot more interesting to listen to. The best thing about this EP however is that it all fits in just nicely. While none of the songs boast excessive power, they don't drag on either. This album just oozes a certain kind of calm, which makes the album a very enjoyable and relaxing listen.
As said, Klaxons sound more like a band than ever before. The guitar and bass playing, while not extraordinary, actually have their place in the songs. The drums on this album are not bad, but they don't really stand out either. Overall the rhythmic section will do nicely for these kind of songs, because their individual role isn't that important. The lyrics are also better this time around, contributing to the overall feeling of calmness of the EP.
Landmarks Of Lunacy
is a psychedelic journey through wonderland, Klaxons style. Everything that they did on Surfing The Void
falls short when judged against this EP. If these songs were featured on Surfing The Void
, it probably would have been a lot better. Shame on you Polydor.