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Underworld

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Amoeba Review

03/16/2016

It's been a long six years since Underworld's last album, Barking, but the duo has been anything but unproductive. Together they scored Danny Boyle's Frankenstein and the 2012 Olympics, and individually, Rick Smith did the soundtrack for the acclaimed Trance and Karl Hyde channeled his inner-David Byrne for an electro-ethnographic study of African music with Brian Eno. Being separated has given the duo the right amount of time to rethink and rework what Underworld sounds and the result is a new beast of an album. Though "Ova Nova" channels the classic Underworld sound with mantra repetition, crisp drums, and hypnotic synth layers, the album playfully experiments into unknown lands. "If Rah" with its bummer chanting has a beat right out of the South American electro-cumbia scene with bouncy drums as the foundation to scratchy electronics. Alternatively, "Santiago Chatro" feels like a rejected track from Sun City Girl's guitarist Sir Richard Bishop with a mysterious and ethnically ambiguous guitar stuck somewhere between flamenco and Iran. " I Exhale," the most pop-ish track from the album, is still weird and almost unsettling with Throbbing Gristle-like chanting, droning electronics plowing through your speakers, and 8-bit distortion scrambling to the side. But there's comfort in knowing a group like Underworld still, at its heart, sounds like the moment when an all-night party is going too long and you're too drunk. But you still take another shot and you love it!



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Exhale
Underworld 08:10
2.
If Rah
Underworld 07:12
3.
Low Burn
Underworld 06:44
4.
Santiago Cuatro
Underworld 04:00
5.
Motorhome
Underworld 06:23
6.
Ova Nova
Underworld 05:31
7.
Nylon Strung
Underworld 06:48

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