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New rave’s cosmic poster boys shoot for the stars on a debut record that handed mid-Noughties indie a fluoro, futurist twist. Not that Jamie Reynolds, Simon Taylor-Davis and James Righton don’t know their history. West Coast harmonies wash over the gorgeous psychedelia of “Golden Skans”, “Atlantis to Interzone” packs blaring pirate radio sirens and “It’s Not Over Yet” (a cover of Grace’s trance anthem) drags ‘90s dance floor euphoria into the modern age.

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Oh dear christ yes...

Klaxons. What to do with them? Steadily gathering an army of fans since the low-key release of "Gravity's Rainbow" last year, the band have shot into the public eye (and the top 10) with the inimitable "Golden Skans". Those of us who have followed them from the start will already know their brilliance, but now it's time for them to release their album on the worlds waiting ears. If you first listened to this, without knowing anything about the band, you would think it a pop album (if slightly off-kilter, with a touch more falsetto). But delve deeper in and there are delights here that we could previously only dream of. The tracks fly past you at such a pace that you find yourself disorientated and struggling to keep up. One thing that you immediately notice, on first listen, is how (save for all the singles that aren't "Magick") fearful and frightening this album is. The unsettling, nervy falsetto harmonies of the gorgeous "Two Recievers", the pounding chants of "galloping, galloping, beams faster" and "row, there's only seven more miles to go" on "As Above So Below" and "Isle Of Her" respectively, and the alarming "Forgotten Works". Apart from the slightly dodgy re-recording of "Gravity's Rainbow" (lay off the effects, lads), all the old favourites are given new life here. "Atlantis To Interzone", the anthem of the neu-rave generation, rushes along at such a pace that you believe that it could fall over and come crashing to a halt any second. Another undisputed highlight is "Totem On The Timeline". Losing the tacky organ sound of the demo, it is beefed up here to mind-boggling proportions. The tender-yet-danceable Golden Skans, just a tad slower than the original, is an obvious single choice, but it's not until the last track, the new version of "Four Horsemen Of 2012", that things start to get really strange. With the keyboard effect even more raw and primeval than the original, James' spoken verse underneath Jamie's impassioned cries take it to a whole other level. Klaxons said that here they "just wanted to make a pop album, with 11 great tracks". There's elements of everything here, not just pop, but blimey, they were right about the 11 great tracks. A classic of the 21st century.

More Magick

this album is 100x better then i ever expected it be, i love the singles and the EP xan valleys which unfortunately isn't on itunes. however i thought the album would be too much of the same and it would wear off its charm. this isnt the case as i have found to my delight, great selection of tunes here whether you think its rave or indie, top album - a must buy for 2007

Magick!

Klaxons are no longer just part of the 'New Rave 2006 NME Glowstick Craze', they are a solid, mystical, ingenius band with much more to offer than sirens and synths. This album is seriously good quality.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The London-based Klaxons feature the combined talents of Jamie Reynolds, James Righton, and Simon Taylor. Despite being a rock band at the core, Klaxons are heavily influenced by dance music, particularly the late-'80s/early-'90s U.K. rave movement. (Reynolds has even dubbed his band "nu-rave" to further emphasize the inspiration.) By the time Klaxons released their second low-key single, they had become a favorite of publications such as NME and wound up signing with Polydor Records. As the group...
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