Love Spirals Downwards

Flux

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Picking up on the ear-catching, edgy segmented rhythms of the breakbeat wave on Flux, Love Spirals Downward updates their sound, leaving the creative core intact. It's all about texture in this multi-layered album of Suzanne Perry's atmospheric vocals, brightly strummed acoustic guitar, and urgent electro-beats. While Perry's long phrasing meets the moderate rhythms to imply a midpoint, ocean coast sonic waves ebb and flow over the listener intoxicatingly. Indeed, "Sound of Waves" is the name of one of these undulating tracks. Swirling and merging, this duo's techno-psychedelic (psychedelia implied by the gentle nod of the content without considering their titular acronym) ballads of love lost or failed ("Psyche," "By Your Side," and "I'll Always Love You") are constructed in a way that owes as much to the accessibility of pop as it does to current forms of electronica.

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