Consequently, from November 2nd 2005 Underworld will issue a series of download-only listening experiences which are neither singles nor albums, but an entirely new way to hear their music. Featuring a series of interwoven pieces it’s an opportunity for the band to venture into whichever direction they like and take listeners on a trip they’ll never forget.
Starting with an eerie electronic throb, `a lovely broken thing´ morphs into a hypnotic bleep odyssey during which we get barely audible snippets of conversation (“When I was in New York she said”/”Get your legs waxed!”) technicolour flashes of glam techno and blitzkrieg sub-bass, all laced with sub-aquatic shuffles, the sound of heavy rainfall and one soporific passage which sounds like a lullaby by Kraftwerk. Aficionado’s will hear aural nods to the overheard conversations of Karl’s print project ‘In The Belly Of St. Paul’ but the overall effect feels more like a dazzling, disorientating moodscape to match the disconnected ambience of ‘Lost In Translation’. Think of it as putting the synth into absinthe. By the end, the stormclouds finally break and suddenly we‘re in the elevator to heaven, Karl beatifically crooning: “You smell good/ Touching skin to skin/Familiar/This is me/Where are we?”
Anyone looking for a definition of the meaning of psychedelia in the twenty-first century should reach for their ipod now. It’s as hallucinogenic as an acid trip and one of the most stunning pieces of music you’ll hear this year. But hey, we’re gushing. Even better, there’s already second instalment recorded (an electronic dub excursion - but we’ll get to that later).
So, a new way of listening to music from dance music’s most innovative, cerebral and experimental group. A genre-busting set of recordings for the only group on the planet who can namecheck Prince, PiL and Phillip Glass as influences. And all yours for just a fiver.Catch Underworld in the speakers !!!