Friday, December 02, 2011

STN Albums Of The Year no.46: Wake The President - Zumutung!

Developing on the Orange Juice/Aztec Camera influences of 2009's You Can't Change That Boy, the Sandberg twins' second offering still sounds like Postcard, in fact continuing Scottish post-punk's proud tradition of noise and confusion, but usually isn't as immediate with its hooks. Indeed there's the sort of darker, less authoratitive emotion coming through that their lyrics always hinted at, still literate, little more satisfied but heading down Josef K's scratchier, dystopian pathway, especially apparent in the way it slows to a slower, vacuum-packed pace towards the end, rather than Aztec Camera's commercial potential. It's the kind of situation where from the outside nothing is wrong while heads revolve in turmoil.


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