Surfing the Void - Universal
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Erin Hall on September 9, 2010
After three years of creative back-and-forth with their label (the band was told to go back to the drawing board in 2009 when the album they presented was deemed “too experimental”), Klaxons are finally releasing Surfing the Void, the follow-up to the acclaimed 2007 debut Myths of the Near Future. Fans of the group’s infectious melodies will find themselves challenged by the album, which avoids the sophomore slump by boldly coloring outside the lines. The titular track is frenzied and slapdash, a discordant punk gem that eschews order in favor of controlled chaos. The single, “Echoes,” is bright and anthemic; emphasizing the lush, ethereal vocals that made Klaxons famous. Throughout the album, the drumming is loud and tight, the bass is unrelenting, and the swollen snarl of the guitar is omnipresent. While still somewhat leaning on their flair for creating spacey cosmic hooks, Klaxons are taking a robust step forward, allowing themselves the chance to careen a bit without running entirely off the rails.