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||Soaked||Empire State||4:11||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Explode||Empire State||3:42||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Eye In My Head||Empire State||5:16||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Symptom of You||Empire State||3:30||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Bugs In the System||Empire State||5:16||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Eternal Combustion||Empire State||4:15||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Bleeps and the Blips||Empire State||4:14||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Wrench In the Works||Empire State||4:11||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Walkie Talkie||Empire State||3:47||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Don't Disturb Us||Empire State||4:18||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||A Final Day||Empire State||4:26||£0.79||View in iTunes|
For all its eclecticism — employing homemade instruments and electronic samples, and exploring such diverse territories as instrumental soundtrack-inspired music and straight-up indie pop — Empire State's sophomore album, Eternal Combustion, is a cohesive statement, seamlessly blending its disparate elements. In fact, the distinctions between electronic and real instruments get so blurred over the course of the album that it's often hard to tell them apart. Likewise, the band sounds equally at home with the classic guitar-driven indie rock featured on such tracks as "Bleeps and Blips" (ironically, the least electronically enhanced song on the album) as they do exploring the dark, smoky ambience of "Walkie Talkie," or the high speed Devo-isms of "Don't Disturb Us." The vocal harmonies of brothers Jay and Tim Nackashi are in fine form as well, taking it up a notch from their debut, but still steering clear of the bright, sunny sound of Elephant 6 bands. Ultimately, while it's far from inaccessible upon first listen, Eternal Combustion is an album that only reveals its best features over time: catchy enough for the car, but multi-layered enough for headphones.
Years Active: '90s, '00s