But just as the backlash against the shoegaze movement eventually brought us to the retro spartan sounds of new wave, this release strips away the blurry tunnel and emerges with a set of minimal tracks that would have fit on the Cure's "Seventeen Seconds" or "Faith". "The sun will fail to rise" has the clean production values of those early Cure records while "Shortness of breath" takes on their dirge tempo. The post-punk influence doesn't dissipate but Ecology does take a decidedly experimental turn starting with the vocal round-robin of "Begin the descent" and followed by the epic "Bent, unbent". This track may be the strongest of the bunch as it combines many of the elements that fans of LU and lorelei have come to enjoy. Subtly filtered and evolving drums and piano shift beneath a glowering guitar swell that slides into an onslaught of noise as an increasingly panicked vocal grows the tension.
Two markedly pop-oriented tracks follow and act as counterpoint to the otherwise somber overall tone. But by the end of this release the vocals are twisted beyond recognition in "The water beggar" which features enough guitar layering to make Glenn Branca proud. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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