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CD Review: These Electric Lives “We See Light”

Toronto-based These Electric Lives kick off their latest EP, We See Light, with “Hit the Ground Running” – a punchy, synth-oriented track reminiscent of blinking lights and a crowded dance floor. “Called it Off” follows with a mellower vibe, far more laid back but still holding the foot-shuffling energy one may come to expect of These Electric Lives; the chorus swells majestically and the vocals  provide a lovely counter melody.

“Work the Night” begins with a grungier guitar and a darker tone, sounding more alternative in nature than the whimsical previous tracks. This song feels more like work than the other two and gives off a tension that was not present before, giving These Electric Lives an interesting depth.

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CD REVIEW: Boris “Attention Please”

Japanese experimental band Boris, famous amongst fans for constantly changing their musical style, has released three new albums in 2011. Attention Please was the last of the three, the seventeenth studio album in total and the first to feature guitarist/vocalist Wata’s vocals on every track.

Attention Please opens with the title track presenting a moody atmosphere- a metronomic drum beat with muted bass and synth, sharp guitar for texture and startlingly clear vocals. The song culminates with the addition of a psychedelically-styled guitar that bends and twists under Wata’s soft words. “Hope” begins more aggressively and an unsettling yet uplifting chorus of strings rises out of the murky guitar and bass, further enhancing the softness of the vocals.