Wednesday, March 5, 2014
REVIEW: CYMBALS - The Age of Fracture
The Age of Fracture by London's CYMBALS takes the synth/guitar-based post punk of New Order, Factory Records and Depeche Mode and polishes and tweaks it for a new era. It is nostalgic and warm in tone and lyrically reflective. I've liked it each of the many times I've played it, but it has been a particular favorite late at night. The album is takes its name from work by a Princeton University professor, and the band cites multiple influences, including visual artists and musicians. And the lyrics reflect a thoughtful take on the band's art. But where this album works, and works well, is at the visceral level. It envelops you, engages your body and may make you -- yes even you -- want to dance.
I don't know whether the world is ready to embrace CYMBALS, but I'm a fan. If you are at SXSW, they have shows scheduled on March 12 and 13. Test out a few tracks below. This may be the feel good music to take you into the summer.
The Age of Fracture is out now via Tough Love Records.
Tough Love Records
12th March - SXSW - Forcefield @ Maggie Mae's - 12am
13th March - SXSW - Howl Cheer Up Charlie's -1:15 am
2nd May - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
3rd May - Live At Leeds, Leeds
4th June - Corsica Studios, London