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Archive - Noise

Review: Jack Foley

THEY'RE huge in Europe (especially France) but as of yet, British-based Archive have yet to make a very big splash with UK listeners.

That could change, however, with the release of their latest album, Noise, which arrives amid a resurgence in guitar-based bands but promises to offer something different.

As the band state, in an interview with IndieLondon recently: "There are enough bands out there who want to be The Clash. I think people are bored and there are some good and interesting bands coming up. Maybe it’s time for us to sneak in."

Anyone who caught their Noise EP might know what to expect - songs that are distinctly epic in nature, that build vast soundscapes and aching vocals around some fairly urgent rhythms.

Think Pink Floyd crossed with Radiohead and you might be somewhere close - such is the power and intensity of many of the tracks.

Former single, Fuck U, is a classic case in point, an angry slow-builder that refuses to compromise on its sentiment in an effort to generate easy radio airplay.

It was inspired by the band's feelings towards both US President, George Bush, and British PM, Tony Blair, and is full of emotive lyrics such as ‘there’s a look on your face I would like to knock off… can’t believe you were once just like anyone else’ and a chorus of, ‘you are scum, you are scum, and I hope that you know, that the cracks in your smile are beginning to show’.

It is easily one of the highlights...

Elsewhere, the epic scale of the six-minute plus title track is evidence of the band's creative energy, as well as the ambition that runs rife throughout their music.

While the aching Sleep unfolds against a backdrop of pianos and strings to emerge as a tortured classic - a starkly beautiful piece of work that drips in frustration.

The raw rock style of Get Out is another example of the band exercising their anger through music and is delivered with the sort of swagger that Liam Gallagher would be proud of.

But it is neatly counter-balanced by quieter, softer moments such as Love Song and Me and You, which bring the album to the sort of hopeful close you might not have thought possible from earlier tracks.

It would be a shame if the UK failed to embrace Archive this time around, given the quality of their music and the intelligence of their words.

Noise may take several listens to appreciate properly but it is an impressive affair that deserves a big audience.

Related story: Read our interview with Archive

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Track listing:
1. Noise
2. Fuck U
4. Sleep
5. Here
6. Get Out
7. Conscience
8. Pulse
9. Wrong
10. Love Song
11. Me And You

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