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Album: White Noise Sound, White Noise Sound (Alive Natural Sound)

Andy Gill
Friday 14 January 2011 01:00 GMT

Like White Lies, Swansea sextet White Noise Sound are heavily beholden to the sound of Eighties indie, in their case the ponderous, looming space-rock of Spacemen 3 and razoring, distorted guitar of The Jesus and Mary Chain.

It all comes together with maximum impact on the opening "Sunset", whose electro-punk pulse could be from Suicide's debut album, and "No Place to Hide", in which dense layers of synths and miasmic guitar drones ride a determined groove to a pleasing Neu!-style conclusion. It's a beautifully sequenced set, with the slow swells of tremulous guitars and strings in the penultimate "Don't Wait for Me" segueing smoothly into the Popol Vuh-ish sitar and guitar tonalities of the concluding "(In Both) Dreams and Ecstasies".

DOWNLOAD THIS Sunset; No Place to Hide; Don't Wait for Me; (In Both) Dreams and Ecstasies

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