ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Scanners - Love Is Symmetry
We could say that everything in music has been done before, and either give up and find solace in other forms of art, cooking, gardening or skeet shooting, or take on a challenge and start looking for new music more actively. I can promise you, if you do this for a good long while, instead of growing tired of music, you’ll start to appreciate almost everything.
'Love Is Symmetry' is a remarkable amalgamation of influences. Yes, it might feel like you’ve heard it before. 'Control' has a rousing, turn-of-the-century electro-pop vibe to it, yet if you move on to 'Mexico’, you'll find yourself checking if you didn't by accident hit shuffle and ended up on listening to an Arcade Fire track. 'My Streets Are Always In The Shade' in particular caught my attention, it sounds as if by pure magic the Pet Shop Boys, New Order and Pulp decided to collaborate.
I know it’s lazy to name check, but these guys just managed to convey a sound that celebrates the best of British pop, in a non-cheesy way. And while they keep you on your toes with a different approach to every single track, the track titles too catch the eye, what with ‘When They Put Me Back Together They Forgot To Turn Me On’ and ‘Today Is The Tomorrow That They Promised Yesterday’. No, nothing you haven’t heard before, but a band like Scanners are to indie pop and rock what Disclosure are to dance music, and Drenge to garage rock. It’s a completely new generation of musicians, still in their teens, or early 20s (ok, some nearing their 30s, bringing babies to gigs and all that), taking on tried genres and twisting it in ways that hasn’t been done before, with a sort of palpable greediness, skill and energy. And isn’t that what good music is all about?