Alternative music reviews

September 30, 2006

Annie’s Well by Luxury Car

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Luxury CarLuxury Car are a synth based band from Perth in Scotland. Although the beats and some of the textures are modern, they are not in the electronica/dance camp but direct descendants of the Synth bands of the 80’s. The music is there to support and add to the songs – and these songs are deliciously full of longing.

It’s a long time since I’ve heard synth music played to such emotional response – with the honourable exception of some of Onion Jack/Karma Pilot’s work. I can’t help being reminded a bit of Depeche Mode (early days) mainly because I like Dave Gahan’s voice and Luxury Car’s John Robertson can match his vocals. The track Repulsion has nice fat synth notes and introduces a female singer to spar with in lassitude – with wonderful passages of distorted guitar thrown in to mix everything up. That guitar is again used to good effect in Hologram to deliver the knockout blow to the powerful angular sequences of wonky synth notes. Although I’ve picked out those two tracks, this is really an album that needs to be heard from start to finish because it is music to wrap yourself in.

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