Chan­nelling Led Zep

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Take in the fact the Chem­i­cal Broth­ers have been at it for 17 years. They’ve again – al­most by a mir­a­cle – avoided sound­ing ir­rel­e­vant.

Tom Row­lands and Ed Simons’ wide ap­peal and rock stylings have al­ways meant they’ve never rated highly with hard­core dance and elec­tron­ica fans. And in some cases, it’s un­der­stand­able. But Fur­ther is an apt ti­tle, even if it doesn’t mean they’ve pushed fur­ther into new ter­ri­tory and are play­ing it safe.

The hyp­notic in­stru­men­tal Ve­loc­ity fol­lows the same path as A Modern Mid­night Con­ver­sa­tion from 2007’s largely sat­is­fy­ing We Are the Night, in tone and tex­ture, to be­come al­most tran­scen­dent.

It works again on An­other World, where the frac­tured vo­cals are ef­fec­tive as just an­other in­stru­ment.

While the 60s- in­spired treat­ments on the sprawl­ing Dis­solve – ter­ri­tory Chem­i­cal Broth­ers have of­ten vis­ited – are hard to re­sist, they’re nicely coun­ter­pointed by ra­zor sharp synth stylings of Horse Power, which sound like they’re chan­nelling Led Zep.

The re­sult is an al­bum that’s un­likely to bring any new fans to Chem­i­cal Broth­ers but, for those who have fol­lowed their ca­reer, it’s un­likely to dis­ap­point. Tom Cardy/stuff.co.nz

HYP­NOTIC IN­STRU­MEN­TAL: The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers re­lease Fur­ther.

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