Synthesized Chicago trio Lazer Crystal put together a concoction of post-Kraftwerk dance ragers, hypnotic Can repetitions, and moodier new wave anthems on their forthcoming MCMLXXX. (And you might near NIN on “National Handbag.”) They also wrote a manifesto.
Lazer Crystal believes that we as humans are at the extreme promontory of the centuries. The human race has reached the moment where we must open the mysterious shutters of the impossible to seek the unknown. We are moving beyond Time and Space toward the absolute, since we have discovered eternal, omnipresent speed.
Their stated mission’s “to create music that reflects this ideal.” See how they do on the goth-in-a-planetarium-light-show romance “Love Rhombus” and the fuzzier dance-floor outing “Bad Indian,” complete with imploded center.
MCMLXXX is out 5/4 via Thrill Jockey. They’re hitting Europe in May. They promise “a multi-colored, polyphonic surf of sound and vision, set to the ritual nocturnal vibrations of its arsenal, to be played as an offering of respite.”