New Build: Yesterday was Lived and Lost (Lanark)

 |   |  <1 min read

New Build: The Third One
New Build: Yesterday was Lived and Lost (Lanark)

Something of a pocket-sized superduo – Felix Martin from Hot Chip, Al Doyle who has worked with Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem – New Build (augmented by friends and fellow travelers) shave off familiar electro-dance from their collective pasts as well as nodding modestly in other directions.

If the first third hardly excites by offering much new, innovative or interesting – unless low level New Order and OMD went past you – as things hit the midpoint we get some reference to Talking Heads (without their turbo-funk punch) on the catchy electro-pop of The Third One and slow boiling Mercy, and Last Gasp which breaks the mould as a gentle, weightless Eno-esque ballad.

But mostly New Build deliver undernourished electro-pop (Medication sounds like Peter Gabriel-lite, Behind the Shutter does the same reduction on New Order) which comes up woefully short on the lyrical front also.

Little here rises to the occasion and they sound fearful of drawing attention to themselves.

There's no Funky Town here unfortunately, and far too much sounds like post-dance music for people who've stopped going to clubs but want something to listen to while making dinner for guests

But it's an album which can be usefully turned down to become background music when they arrive.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column... > Read more

2am Orchestra: Impermanence (DJK)

2am Orchestra: Impermanence (DJK)

You'd be wise to put aside any preconceptions of what this music might sound like if you simply guessed from the band's name (dark, slow, ambient?), because David Kelley who is the mainman here... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

JOHN McLAUGHLIN INTERVIEWED (2009): Has guitars, will travel

JOHN McLAUGHLIN INTERVIEWED (2009): Has guitars, will travel

"I'm still at the beginning of my life and career,” says 67-year old guitarist John McLaughlin. “I don’t really think much about what I’ve done, I don’t have... > Read more

Essaouira, Morocco: The world according to Muhammed

Essaouira, Morocco: The world according to Muhammed

The words most travelers hear in certain countries, and understandably shy away from, come from street people or those with something to sell who ask, “Where you from?” But in... > Read more