Thursday, 21 August 2014

REVIEW: Negative Lovers - 'Faster Lover' EP ( Picture In My Ear Records)


Negative Lovers are a four piece noise rock band who hail from the Indonesian city of Jakarta. The six track 'Faster Lover' EP is their second release under their current name, after formerly being known as Denial. They appear to have been influenced by a number of legendary bands (Primal Scream, Spacemen 3, Can) but add plenty of their own potent ingredients to the mixture, focusing and expanding on various ideas to brilliant effect.

Kraut-trance. Is that a sound that you're familiar with? No? Well side A of this record is something that you will need to hear. A sharp, energetic fusion of industrial psychedelia and krautrock-infused punk, 'Faster Lover' is a fresh blast of excitement that digs further into the brain with each insistent bar. The incredible Jagz Kooner remix of the track emphasises the motorik rhythms and rearranges it into a remarkable German-flavoured odyssey, while its somewhat trance-like side is explored further with the dub mix of the song that Kooner also provides.

Flip over to side B, and as well as communicating to the listener with what is described as "a voice that calls out to you from the urban shadows", they're taking you into a colourful sea of carefree surf-psych euphoria with the vibrant 'Hit And Run', hitting the senses with the trippy, driving whack and dense guitar feedback of the Mary Chain-meets-Neu! dazzler 'Last Sex', and rounding off the journey with the free jazz-shoegaze-industrial-techno fusion of Cy Spectrum's superb remix of 'Classwar'.

In terms of EPs, one of the finest things that 2014 has produced so far, an elevating explosion of psychedelic rock n roll that entrances and invigorates. Definitely not to be missed. 8.5/10




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