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The Thrush
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Rating: 8.5/10 ?


October 8, 2008
After nearly a half-decade spent lurking in Chicago loft spaces and aligning themselves with an incestuous art/music scene comprised of fellow Windy City acts like Icy Demons and Mahjongg, electronic collective Chandeliers have finally readied their own debut, The Thrush.

Well worth the wait, this nine-track set could quickly inspire lazy allusions to Kraftwerk based on the pure analogue sonics and dancefloor sensibilities found within the aptly-titled opener, "Mr. Electric." But on closer inspection what lies beneath the sheen suggests that Chandeliers hold as deep an admiration for dirty Italian disco as they do for the nonlinear approaches of avant-electro pioneers like Cabaret Voltaire and Fad Gadget.

Following the brief second track "Maldonado," filled with breakbeats and shimmering synth murmurs, the band veers off into an unpredictable, mostly instrumental medley filled with krautrock, meditative techno and dub detours. In fact, the vocals on The Thrush are quite sparse, appearing on tracks like the Can-inspired "Mango Tree" as little more than spectral wails and harmonies. But it appears we're better off this way, given that the dearth of singers creates more space for lush, body-rocking songs like the title track and the closing "Body Double," which are the two longest tunes on the record at 3:44 and 4:32, respectively. Here, Chandeliers manage to defy their own time constraints and create something truly epic, whether testing the DFA template with the potent dance-funk of the former track or melding glacial strings with forever arpeggiating synths ala Giorgio Moroder on the latter.

Despite all the noticeable influences floating about, the Chandeliers' minimalist, kitchen-sink aesthetics, democratic setup (every band member equally contributes) and musical pedigree have made them the kindred spirits of New York acts like the aforementioned DFA as well as !!! and sister band Out Hud. With constant and collaborative tinkering supplanting any one-upmanship, the Chi-town band has crafted smart party music that's perfect for whichever hipster-strewn loft space they may next find themselves in.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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