Transitions – LUCKYandLOVE  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is easy to look at, or should I say listen to, bands such as LUCKYandLOVE and see them as electronic nostalgists revelling in times past. I’ve been guilty of it myself I’m sure. But of course the bands that they take inspiration from, those early post-punk trail blazers of the newly ushered in digital movement, were looking to create the sound of the future and that seems to be a mission that April Love and Loren Luck are keen to continue. The fact that the years between the required music making technology emerging and today are also filled with pioneers and stepping stones such as Ladytron, Crystal Castles and The XX just shows you the continuity of the mission at hand.

As with any music looking to paint pictures of possible futures it immediately sounds part of some sort of science fiction canon, how could it not, but Transitions is much cleverer than merely playing with strange synth wave sounds and electronic juxtapositions, though that is indeed in there too. There is a languid and lucid feeling to the sounds they make, which is ironic because the building blocks that they use to fashion them are the stuff of rigidity and clinical exactitude. But that is the clever thing, this is the merging of mankind and machine, cyborg sounds part programmed part drawn from the freewheeling imagination of living beings.

At one extreme Soul Alive is a sultry and sexy blend of beat and beauty, a place where Vangelisian dreamscapes mix with dance floor energy, at the other Dancing Alone Again feels like a lonely computer writing songs of isolation. Between such extremes Dangerous Runaway is a dystopian clubland anthem playing out as the clocks strike thirteen and Bottomline is a mix of angelic ethereality and industrial dance grooves.

Again LUCKYandLOVE build a musical road map to the future. It’s a future that might never come to fruition, but just by hearing Transition’s musical shorthand you can start to visualise it in your own mind. And what if it isn’t the humans that are using these digital instruments to paint their vision of the future, what if the it is the instruments working through their organic counterparts? What if keyboards do dream of electric sheep? Think about that for a moment!

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