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Electro Group
A New Pacifica
Omnibus Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
At first listen, "Trigger/Repeat/Hold", the opening track to Electro Group's A New Pacifica, can easily be mistook for a Mary Poppins fly away theme song. With its gentle, hypnotic loop slithering back and forth from the speakers to the outside world, "Trigger" is less like an intro and more like invitation to your pillow. All too quickly, though, does the song drift off to introduce the true bread and butter of what the Electro Group is; sonic chaos amidst layers of instrumental beauty.

There is no hiding that the Electro Group has taken influence from the early 90s shoegaze hysteria, lending itself strongly to early Lilys, Ride and especially My Bloody Valentine. But where the aforementioned super groups may have lacked in straight up rhythm power, Electro Group pounds in a unique stamp of aggression over an almost fragile blanket of sound. The bass chugs with heavy fuzz distortion, and the drums pound with math-y precision over falsetto vocals and bright, melodic noise guitar.

Loops similar to the intro swerve in and out of the albums fifteen tracks, as some more subtle and quiet tracks are introduced to slow down the pace. "Can't Remember" shows a nod to Pink Floyd acoustic balladry with wisps of keyboard and ooh ahh vocal harmonies. The darkest number, "19.5", dishes up sharp cuts of feedback as the vocals are choked out under the song's heavy, fast forward pulse.

A New Pacifica may not be the most musically eclectic work of sound, but it delivers a solid hybrid of noisy dissonance over ethereal pop music, and, most importantly, reminds us just how interesting the shoegaze genre was- and has become.

Reviewed by Trevor Naud
Trevor Naud is a former staff writer for LAS and a former sex symbol and guitarist of the band Red Shirt Brigade. He currently plays music with South South Million and PAS/CAL.

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