Album Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars - 'Lenses Alien'

Progressive indie that's not afraid to get complex

Album Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars - 'Lenses Alien'

7 / 10 While there’s a mass of slacker bands into ’90s alt-rock today, few venture beyond the usual influences. Luckily, Cymbals Eat Guitars are here to harness progressive specimens from epic guitar heroes Built To Spill to chameleons Lilys. The New York quartet mix these touchstones with post-hardcore power on their second album, pushing further into noise-rock on nine-minute opener ‘Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)’.

While they mainly hit a balance between shifting symphonics, subtle keys and pyroclastic guitar, sometimes – such as on ‘Plainclothes’, a ballad/disco/punk-funk/noise jigsaw – there’s just too much going on. But hey, layabouts, that’s called taking a risk.

Tom Pinnock

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