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Myths Of The Near Future
Geffen Records

If you miss the '80s new wave/synth-pop glazes of Yaz and Alphaville or have a liking for modern electro-pop eloquence like Sound Team and Hundred Year Storm, the UK's Klaxons play your musical preference. England is calling their sound Fluorescent Rock, Day-Glo, and New Rave, referencing the Klaxons new wave aspects and glam-rock magnetic fields. There is a punk-ish vibe in the dance club beats and vitality in their hydroplane synths. Band mates Jamie Reynolds, James Righton, and Simon Taylor have a way with their synth valiances which bridge the excitement of the '80s English Beat with the finesse of post-new wave revivalists like Angels And Airwaves and LCD Soundsystem. Synth-pop feels titillating in their hands like they know this music inside and out. Klaxons not only do something new with glam-rock and new wave but they seem to know its origins with a Blue October burn.

Klaxons debut full length disc Myths Of The Near Future, the follow up to last year's EP Xan Valleys, is bolted with synth-pop complexes, some reflective of the '80s hit makers like General Public and Ultravox but with an updated sound like the tracks "Two Receivers" and "Atlantis To Interzone." There are a lot of sci-fi themed titles and a few robotic vocals but the consistency is on the band's bouncy club beats and rattling synths. Many of the melodies are cyclical, repeating the series like a tilt-o-whirl ride with splays of punk verve in the prismatic synth atmospheres. The tracks are stylish in a Brit-pop way like "Golden Skans" and "Isle Of Her," and jangling synth valleys like on "Gravity's Rainbow." The heavy bass grinding on "Forgotten Works" have a thrilling effect and the staccato drum strikes on "Magick" are tribal. The interloping synths and vocals on "It's Not Over Yet" have reflections of Bloc Party and the final track "Four Horsemen" stomps with romping beats, pummeling synths and fervent electro-glam rhythms asserting dark-punk impulses.

Klaxons debut album has reflections of past new wavers and forge a path for post new waves. The album is lively and stylish, loaded with vitality. Whether their music matches their live performance will be tested in the States with a show at the Coachella music festival on April 29, 2007 and a string of club dates. Concert footage can also be viewed at the band's myspace site at myspace.com/klaxons. Klaxons are part of a new generation of British invaders and their new waves are pretty cool.

-Susan Frances

Track listing:
1. Two Receivers
2. Atlantis To Interzone
3. Golden Skans
4. Totem On The Timeline
5. As Above So Below
6. Isle Of Her
7. Gravity's Rainbow
8. Forgotten Works
9. Magick
10. It's Not Over Yet
11. Four Horsemen

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