Release date: 5 November 2013
Active since the turn of the millennium, The Low Frequency in Stereo play post-rock influenced by the Swedish indie pop scene on their fifth full-length release, Pop Obskura. Soft male/female vocals with vague ethereal accents à la Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab drift in and out of the mix. The percussion is bouncy, with a complimentary tenor-heavy lo-fi production. Organ drones evoke The Fun of Watching Fireworks by The American Analog Set. There’s a pronounced French downtempo influence on several songs (most notably on “Cybernautic” and “Ionic Nerve Grip”), as per the echo chamber guitar and whirring galaxies of electronic backings. The Krautrock-inspired wobbling bass fills the bottom levels with simple grooves and measured tempos. Per Steinar Lie is fast ‘n’ bulbous on the track “Ionic Nerve Grip,” which features his nonsensical spoken word. Foregoing the cinematic post-rock of colleagues Explosions in the Sky and M83, The Low Frequency in Stereo implements a similar non-rock approach to conventional indie pop song structures.
Pretty good for morning shows. Out on Long Branch Records.
All clean! Cuts are in bold.
1. Elevated/Desecrated – (3:50)
2. Colette (Subie Subie) – (3:53)
3. Curly Hair – (4:13)
4. Cybernautic – (4:06)
5. Black Receiver – (3:33)
6. Satellites in Sight – (5:42)
7. Ionic Nerve Grip – (5:28)
8. White Echo – (4:33)
9. Secondhand Nation – (5:49)
RIYL: The American Analog Set, Acid House Kings, Stereolab, Moon Safari by Air