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Sounds XP Likes The Sound Of Die! Die! Die!'s 'Harmony'

"It’s a thoroughly fine way to round off an impressively promising album."

As "Oblivious Oblivion" kicks this album off it sounds a bit like Dunedin’s 'Die! Die! Die!' are having trouble making up their minds whether they want to be early 90s shoegazers or go back a further 10 years to deliver metallic post-punk hectoring. Then, on the title track they go and pull off the unlikely trick of managing to meld both together successfully. So it threatens to be a little disappointing when for much of the rest of the album they plump pretty firmly for the post-punk option.

But they make a damn good fist of it, employing their hard edged noise to the service of some more than serviceable pop-tinged racket. And as abruptly as it went away the more complex noise comes back – "Twitching Sunshine" carried along on an insistent static drone and "Get Back" playing out over a backing that morphs from yowling mbv guitar to circular saw noise and back again. It’s a thoroughly fine way to round off an impressively promising album.

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