The Hippo

HOME| ADVERTISING| CONTACT US|

 
Sep 1, 2014







NEWS & FEATURES

POLITICAL

FOOD & DRINK

ARTS

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

POP CULTURE



BEST OF
CLASSIFIEDS
ADVERTISING
CONTACT US
PAST ISSUES
ABOUT US
MOBILE UPDATES
LIST MY CALENDAR ITEM






Io Echo, Ministry of Love
(Iamsound Records)

05/02/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



5/2/2013 -  Debut album from the coed L.A. duo, who’ve already opened for Nine Inch Nails, Garbage and Bloc Party on the strength of an EP, which, if it was anything remotely close to being this cool, easily explains their accelerating success. If you’d love to hear M83 go goth and can deal with Asobi Seksu’s mildly Asian brand of shoegaze, you’ll be astounded at this stuff. Yes, some of it does emanate a whiff of “My Bloody Valentine” wannabe-ism, but it wouldn’t lean shoegaze if it didn’t, right? Whatever, past such devil’s advocate stuff, pardon me while I swoon, especially during album opener “Shanghai Girls,” with its Zola Jesus-style gravitas, big-reverb from-the-mountaintop sound, and futuristic hook. “When the Lilies Die” is an even better song than that, just … alien, for lack of a better word, and thus one can’t help but notice that the duo’s band name isn’t just for show, it’s about aural integrity. Remix-bait “Ecstasy Ghost” recalls Enigma at their dance-iest. Awesome stuff. A






®2014 Hippo Press. site by wedu