Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cymbals Eat Guitars :: Lenses Alien

MP3: Cymbals Eat Guitars :: "Definite Darkness"

Cymbals Eat Guitars ::
Lenses Alien
October 10th 2011

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The best way to describe Cymbals Eat Guitars' debut Why There Are Mountains would be "you know how some bands will do a little crazy experimental distortion and whatnot diddy as an outro to a song, well that's how they start their songs." Experimental to the point where nothing repeats, but everything is a hook so it's all still catchy as hell. Lenses Alien follows suit, the opener breaking the inaccessibility barrier by reaching past eight minutes. However, the record is ineffably darker. The sleezy lounge keys are toned down a bit and it just sort of drags. It doesn't pump you up as much as the first did right from the very first second with the overloaded chanting scream, but it's grungier and explores interesting territory. And goddamn those guys for giving me a fear of sitting down in the dark at the movies with the line from "Definite Darkness," "There are people who put dirty hypodermic needles between the seat cushions at the movie theater." The album art is inspired by artist Allison Diaz' Haunted Mirrors series. Check out her work here:

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