Sep 2011 08

The Sunset Curse - Artificial Heart
The Sunset Curse
Category: Synthpop
Album: Artificial Heart
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Experimental, low-fi pop meets subtle but club-friendly electronics.


Like MGMT or even the more serious side of LCD Soundsystem, Denver, CO trio The Sunset Curse manages to bring an experimental quality to what is at its essence electronic-infused pop. At times, the synthpop elements are at the forefront, as on the bouncy yet dreamy “Too Close to the Sun” or the trip-hop flavored “Finally Free,” which is a little reminiscent of David Bowie’s lounge-pop period. Other offerings are more straightforwardly rock-oriented; with its distorted keyboards and jagged rhythms, “Flavor” is a bit like Modest Mouse, while “Black Cloth” wears its early Pink Floyd influences on its sleeve with wah-wah pedals and spaced out guitars. If Artificial Heart is a pop album, though, it never takes great pains to be particularly accessible, with “Life Is an Ocean, Death Is a Breeze” drifting dazedly through bell-like synthesizers and the 10-minute long “Slow Lover’s Sky” threatening to abandon listeners with its drawn out slide guitar ambient explorations. It’s pop, but it’s ambitious pop, interesting while not always accessible; if it alienates some fans with its disinterest in convention, however, it’s sure to inspire more open-minded listeners.
Track list:

  1. Silence Yourself
  2. Too Close to the Sun
  3. Flavor
  4. Artificial Heart
  5. Finally Free
  6. Black Cloth
  7. MSFBF
  8. Slow Lover’s Sky
  9. Life Is an Ocean, Death Is a Breeze
  10. World Burning

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