Voyage (LP)


De Lux

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Amoeba Review

04/07/2014

There’s been a hole in our hearts lately where dance-rock bands of yore used to reside. De Lux fill that hole admirably with immediate, expansive dance rockers that aren’t short on detail or hooks. “Better at Making Time” opens the album subtly, letting its disco bass groove enter four minutes in after giving Sean Guerin’s David Byrne-ish vocals a chance to sink in. “Movements” is a true groover, made up of a bunch of interlocking parts—a simple-yet-effective bassline and guitar lick in lockstep, washy synths and chiming bells—while Guerin’s vocals get wilder and wilder. The duo of multi-instrumentalists Guerin and Isaac Franco let each song breathe and unfold at its own speed, giving it a couple minutes in “I’ve Got to Make a Solid Statement (No More Likes & Ums)” before singing a word so we that Stevie Wonder-style clavinet and spacey effects can soak in. Of course, when they get to it, as on the superb “Love Is a Phase,” the result is a space-disco opus that leaves you head over heels for the band. Though Voyage is stuffed with cool references, they never feel forced or overdone. It feels as though the young band has digested decades of smart party jams and picked the choices parts to make their own thing—though you could compare them to LCD Soundsystem or The Rapture, for instance, on songs like “Make Space,” most of the time De Lux never sound imitative of those bands, as tunes like the interstellar “On the Day” stand completely on their own. It makes Voyage all the more pleasurable, and not at all in a guilty way. Smart disco-punk that makes us dance while satisfying our inner music-snobs? We’ll take it and more, please.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Better At Making Time
De Lux 07:32
2.
Moments
De Lux 06:12
3.
I've Got To Make A Statement (No More Likes Or Ums)
De Lux 06:32
4.
Love Is A Phase
De Lux 05:38
5.
On The Day
De Lux 06:37
6.
Make Space
De Lux 04:04
7.
Sometimes Your Friends
De Lux 05:11
8.
Brighter End Of Dark
De Lux 06:33
9.
It All Works All the Time
De Lux 06:15

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