Album Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars – ‘Lenses Alien’

Progressive indie that's not afraid to get complex

While there’s a mass of slacker bands into ’90s alt-rock today, few venture beyond the usual influences. Luckily, [a]Cymbals Eat Guitars[/a] 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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