ME­NACE BEACH

Q (UK) - - Q Review - BLACK RAIN­BOW SOUND MEM­PHIS IN­DUS­TRIES, OUT 31 AU­GUST

Evolv­ing with fright­en­ing speed, Leeds duo Me­nace Beach went from the Pave­ment pas­tiches of their 2015 de­but to a far more ex­pan­sive pal­ette, tak­ing in mo­torik and psych in­flu­ences for their sec­ond, 2017’ s Lemon Mem­ory. Their third LP now sees gui­tar tak­ing a back seat to drum ma­chines and synths. The genre shift isn’t an un­qual­i­fied suc­cess. Satel­lite comes across like a sped-up Stere­o­lab, but Liza Vi­o­let’s voice is less pleas­ing than Laeti­tia Sadier’s, and there’s a queasi­ness to the lurch­ing synth lines. Far bet­ter is Mu­ta­tor, which re­fracts cheesy pop light­ness through an in­die fil­ter. Over­all, there are more steps side­ways than great leaps for­ward. Still, you have to ad­mire their re­luc­tance to stand still. PHIL MONGREDIEN Lis­ten To: Hyp­no­tiser Keeps The Ball Rolling | Mu­ta­tor

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