It’s 16 years since the Avalanches’ era-defining ‘Since I Left You’. How can a follow-up that took so long sound so meh?
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Together for only a year, such edgy unpredictability has already triggered drooling record company madness, an In The City triumph and, finally, a shiny new deal with East West...
Like Hole, though, four-piece Cay are rarely so one-dimensional, and it's never just about making the loudest noise possible. Even at their most frenzied, the focus turns to moody ripples of melody and Anet's soft, sweet moan before another explosion of screaming. Together for only a year, such edgy unpredictability has already triggered drooling record company madness, an In The City triumph and, finally, a shiny new deal with East West.
Recent Fierce Panda single 'Reasonable Ease In Chilled Out Conditions' partly explains the excitement, escalating into a Sonic Youth guitar blitz as Anet's shouting dissolves into a drowsy murmur. 'Senseless' is a gloriously spiky, messed-up racket resembling Mogwai at their most deranged, 'Better Than Myself' is Hole dragged through a hedge backwards while 'Nurofen And Brandy' turns punk-metal, muddling Nirvana, Placebo and riot grrrl before gleefully trashing the lot.
Cay throw everything in, turn it all up and wait for sparks to fly. Stand well back and watch the reaction.
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