Apr 2013 30

Love and Radiation - You Will Know MeLove and Radiation
Category: Synthpop / Electro-pop
Album: You Will Know Me
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Despite a short runtime, this Chicago duo debuts with a fine display of atmospheric synthpop that is sure to take the genre into exciting places.


Chicago has long been a hotbed for music, and the duo of Adele Nicholas and Lakshmi Ramgopal – collectively known as Love and Radiation – certainly takes advantage of the atmosphere of the city for this lovely debut. You Will Know Me certainly makes a statement with its title as the eight tracks present a stirring helping of lush vocal harmonies backed by minimal but effective electro beats and layers of synth and guitar, evoking an ambient style of synthpop that is as chilly as the duo’s hometown but warmly melodic and inviting. From the opening bell-like tones and saccharine vocals of “Winter,” the stage is set as the music immerses the listener in an atmosphere that is delightfully catchy. The rest of the album follows suit, the interplay of vocal layers complementing the simplicity of the synth sequences, the beats possessing that classic vibe of good old fashioned ‘80s inspired synthpop (the band may have actually employed the tried and true TR-808 and TR-909 as some of those sounds are unmistakable, particularly the handclap snare, employed to an abundant and effective degree throughout). At times, the music presents an old English or almost Celtic vibe, drawing comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush or even Bat for Lashes, the voices reminiscent of The Cranberries’ Delores O’Riordan without the Irish inflections; this is especially true on tracks like “Iron Child” and “Heart Eater,” the latter combining a go-go rhythm with a noisy guitar accompaniment that elevates Love and Radiation’s sound just above the standard fare of the genre. The hypnotic harmonies and two-step beat of “Augury” make it one of the most memorable tracks, along with the haunting nocturnal wordplay of “Hunger Moon,” and the de facto title track “Look for My Sign” closes the album out wonderfully with a beautifully simple chord progression, twinkling synths, and ghostly vocals. If anything negative can be said of You Will Know Me, it is the short run time. Credit should be given to the duo for managing to pack a maximum amount of production value and musicality in songs that mostly run under three minutes, leaving the listener wanting for more without overstaying its welcome. While no harm would have been done by way of some extra material, You Will Know Me is a fine debut from a duo that is sure to be taking synthpop to exciting and enticing places on future releases.
Track list:

  1. Winter
  2. Iron Child
  3. Ganymede
  4. Augury
  5. Heart Eater
  6. Hunger Moon
  7. Three Kingdoms
  8. Look for My Sign

Love and Radiation Website http://www.loveandradiation.com
Love and Radiation Facebook http://www.facebook.com/loveandradiationband
Love and Radiation Twitter https://twitter.com/LoveAndRadiate
Love and Radiation SoundCloud http://www.soundcloud.com/loveandradiation
Love and Radiation Bandcamp http://www.loveandradiation.bandcamp.com
Purchase at:
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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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