A surpisingly brave debut
Asen Lefterov | 03/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got the album two days ago after listening to the catchy "Golden Skans". After listening to it few times I could say it's a pretty decent work - very experimental. The first thing that comes to my mind as a description is: "The Faint" meets "Bloc Party" as well as some other influences. It has all the weirdness and the rage of the first and all the beats of dance indie music. People listening to that kind of synth rock would relish it while others might hate it for all the noise and confusion. Overall it's not easy at first listening but its value tends to last. Definately top of the chart in 2007. I strongly recommend it."
Familiar, yet alien in the best way possible
Christian Walker | Portland, OR USA | 05/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"in each song and idea klaxons bring to the table it just seems like i've heard an echo of it somewhere in the independent music scene before. yet i can't pin it down. i love it for it's energy, and i'll continue loving it for its layer upon layer approach to a scene that needs depth in a major way. i don't regret my purchase in the least."
Believe the hype
Brendan Moore | Ottawa, ONT Canada | 05/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
It seems that hype within the music industry develops earlier and earlier. Consider the case of UK group Klaxons who were featured on the cover of NME a whole three months before their debut album even hit record store shelves. At the time of attaining the coveted cover spot on the UK music bible the group had existed as a band for less than a year, and had released only one EP to go along with the countless remixes of their songs floating around on the Internet.
It would seem that the case of Klaxons can also be cited for revealing the limited number of responses people use to approach highly touted next big things: 1) Unquestionably buy in (dumb idea) 2) Backlash (dumber idea) 3) Buy in initially only to backlash a few months later all the while claiming `you were there' from the start (dumbest idea) 4) Thank Ms. Hype for the kind tip, then go hide in the corner alone with a set of headphones and decide for yourself (good idea, no?). And indeed the Klaxons seem to be experiencing all the potential responses. But the Klaxons are a band to take note of, and Myths of the Near Future is indeed a worthy and memorable endeavor that is likely to be one of 2007's best releases. Despite the bands short existence the growth between their EP Xan Valleys and Myths is quite remarkable. If you've never heard Klaxons picture a more daring version of Bloc Party with not one but three Justin Timberlake's providing the vocals. Intrigued? Take the risk, because the rewards are indeed great."