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Album Review

A Virus with Shoes is yet another pleasing TLS mini-LP that's perfect for listeners frustrated by the standard 70-minute album marathon. Though it begins with a set of vibes straight out of a Tortoise LP, Weatherall and Tenniswood quickly fade into more familiar territory: quirky, left-field downtempo with a high groove quotient, even while they're working in more freeform territory. Some listeners might say this territory is too familiar, that these tracks are interchangeable with those from their debut four years ago. Probably true, but Two Lone Swordsmen have forged a distinctive style that comes across not as a formula but as a working procedure. Check "Cloned Christ on a Hover Donkey (Be Thankful)," a piece of oddball electronica reminiscent of Mouse on Mars, or the wave of menacing synth on "Kist."

Biography

Formed: 1996 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

After dissolving his Sabres of Paradise project and label, U.K. dance don Andrew Weatherall set up the tripartite Emissions label group and launched his latest, perhaps most prodigious musical venture, Two Lone Swordsmen. A collaboration with Emissions engineer Keith Tenniswood, 2LS was formed in early 1996. The group speaks the same language of warped, downtempo grooves as much previous Sabres work (particularly "Smokebelch" and "Wilmott"), but opts instead for a syntax of minimal electronics and...
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