Friday, August 20, 2010

Album Review : Treats - Sleigh Bells 8*

For Fans Of : Mad Capsule Markets, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Crystal Fighters

Blending the more rhythmic elements of dub step with some distinctly industrial drum machine noise, heavy techno keyboards and mightily fuzzed up guitars, Sleigh Bells do sound like someone dug up Sigue Sigue Sputnik and gave them them a more hip 21st Century (Boy) make over.

On the alternative dance scene, Sleigh Bells share more similarities with Spain's Crystal Fighters than they do with The Prodigy, but there is enough blurred guitar noise and a generally heavy feel on many tracks to keep industrial fans interested.

Treats itself seems too slow to either dance or mosh to, but the damaged guitars and rock slide drums are as heavy as you could wish for.  Singer Alexis Krauss has a wonderfully clear voice which acts in perfect counter point to the death knell rhythms. The other half of the duo, Derek E Miller, provides guitars and production to the mix.  Straight A's is a more frenetic romp and the most warped and distorted industrial mayhem on the album.

Some songs are built with more pop sensibilities, Run The Heart and Rill Rill minus a little of the guitars would fall somewhere between Little Boots and La Roux.  The discordant, rallying cry guitar calls at the start of of the awesome Crown On The Ground shift, (as per the Inverse Intro Rule) into a rock solid skip rhythm drum and keyboard mix, Infinity Guitars has vocal repetition that nods to Toni Basil over slamming drums and more mutilated guitar.

Treats is a joyful and exuberant post industrial pleasure, noisy and addictive and lots of dirty fun.

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