Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sleigh Bells - "Bitter Rivals"

The first time I heard "Crown on the Ground" and "Infinity Guitars" from Sleigh Bells so long ago, it was really unlike anything I had heard previously. The blown-speaker, demented-cheerleader attitude of the songs were really different, and both songs got stuck in my head all the time. They then got signed to an actual label, got some studio polish, and they were still as loud as ever but with some of the grit rubbed off. I really enjoyed Treats, but it concerned me about what I loved about them.

I'll put it this way: if "Bitter Rivals" is what we can expect next from Sleigh Bells, we won't have any problems. It's a really strange jolt to the senses, and the video doesn't help matters either. Essentially, it appears as if the now-trio have possibly figured out the balance between the wall of noise in their first album and the production values of their second. I don't always like to blast music from my speakers, but this is just asking for the volume to be turned up.

The album is also called Bitter Rivals, and it's due out October 8. Not soon enough, if you ask me.

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