CHAN­NEL ONE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews -

Given how a rapid churnover of trends and bands is now the way of the walk, it’s a lit­tle as­ton­ish­ing to note that it has taken Chan­nel One the guts of seven years to get a proper de­but al­bum to­gether and re­leased. While much of the de­lay is prob­a­bly down to eco­nomics, one ad­van­tage of a lengthy pe­riod be­tween for­ma­tion and release means the Dublin four-piece now pack quite a punch in terms of sounds and tex­tures. Chan­nel One’s rock­tron­ica is dash­ing and vis­ceral, ca­pa­ble of both sear­ing noise gym­nas­tics and more sub­tle, nu­anced at­mo­spher­ics. Im­pres­sively, un­like many of their peers, the mu­si­cian­ship can ac­tu­ally sus­tain such an am­bi­tious arc. Open­ing track Soubre­saut is the abridged ver­sion of Sound to

Light, all crack­ling dra­mat­ics, hyp­notic drive and melodic raw power. www.chan­nelone­sound.com

JIM CAR­ROLL

Down­load tracks: Soubre­saut, Three Stars

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