Tanks & Recognizers
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Wisconsin post-celestial-shoegazer trio Lights Out Asia delivers their sophomore full length and debut for n5MD titled Tanks and Recognizers. This follow-up to their critic and fan favorite Garmonia (sun sea sky) pushes their sound far forward with a palpable intensity by giving a seemingly subliminal nod to some of the more electronically minded ethereal bands of the mid-'80s to early '90s like Breathless, Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine or even the more emotionally rich moments of Colourbox. Lights Out Asia who is actually influenced more by a more current crop of like-minded artists such as Mogwai, Massive Attack, and Robin Guthrie's various works, blend them all, the erstwhile and contemporary, with an updated style, feel and modern expansiveness. Tanks and Recognizers is a cinematic and ambitiously crafted album which could easily fit into any indie rock or electronic music collection. Soaring, floating, and moving forward as it pulls you in to its hopeful heart consuming ebb and flow of electronics, guitars and lofty vocal yearning. Tanks and Recognizers is that perfect album for those days when the horizon and sky are of the same hue and for those moments where every perspective is so gorgeously blurred.
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A three member group, consisting of Mike Ystad, Chris Schafer, and Mike Rush, debut their second full-length release on a well established electronic label, which had an astonishing output for this year. Tanks and Recognizers is more than just a sweet concoction of electronic, post-rock, and ambient - it is an album that flows effortlessly, track after track, through a story told by soothing, atmospheric, and spacey guitars. The Milwaukee based band coordinates elements of ethereal sound into miniature, yet detailed soundscapes that leave one counting down to the night, in anticipation of total darkness, as the necessary, but not included component of the album. The weightless percussion establishes a sense of well-being, while the gentle voices confidently assure total tranquility. This is the music that spins around in my head, even as I float in the sensory deprivation chamber.