What we thought:
An altogether grittier and harder offering from South African indie rock’s electronic innovators: Knuckles, offers the perfect soundtrack to a rough night at a dirty bar.
There are more delicate moments mixed in for good measure, but overall I think that this album feels like a fast uppercut to the glass jaw of all the soft rock on radio right now and I love it.
Definitely worth a legal download as soon as possible.
"Dive (into the deep end)" is my favourite track off of this album, because while its lyrics hint towards a dangerous love story the music wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to an epic TV show or film. It’s quiet at the start and builds to an explosive finish like a slow burn. Radio ready for sure.
"Dancing" is my least favourite track on this album, not because of anything technical I can put my finger on but rather because it doesn’t evoke the same level of energy that the rest of the songs do. I reckon I would go get a beer at the bar when this song comes on instead of slow dance.
Where Zebra and Giraffe’s previous work (The Knife and The End of The Road for example) sounded like the lovechildren of The Killers and Kraftwerk, this album sounds like something a little tougher. Like the late Joe Strummer (The Clash) ran into Muse in a dark alley one night and they hit the recording studio the next morning with some tequila still flowing. It’s fast and loud in its brightest moments.Download the album on iTunes here.
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