Some electronic recordings ring so cold, precise, and gimmicky that they can wear thin after a few listens. With its self-titled debut, Waterford Landing brings a human pulse to an often overprocessed style of music.
On the CD, the group wittily straddles the divide between rock and electronics. "Arbor" percolates on melodies for seven minutes, then becomes perky twee pop. "Skylark" sounds like early Human League, but, halfway through, becomes something much more experimental, as a wash of white noise drowns out the computerized cheese. "Sunset Landing" throbs along a la My Bloody Valentine, with brief asides to house music and drum and bass. The album ends with a near faithful cover of New Order's "Procession," and the band uses guitars that are so processed and feverishly strummed they seem to slice through the air like shards of glass. Meanwhile, its members take turns singing while occasionally adding guitars to the mix, jamming out tunes that often take intriguing and dynamic turns. This statement may sound like an oxymoron, but the sampler-driven Waterford Landing creates a synthesized sound with an organic character.
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