Landline: The Electric Forest
By Ania Glowacz
Swirling rhythms and pumping beats, fused with U2 guitar effects to make dynamic, punchy dance music? Don’t be put off - it’s just that the huge resonating guitar riffs that swim all over the synthesised compositions of ‘Landline’ shout ‘The Edge’ so loudly! There, the comparison ends. This album is a beauty. Largely instrumental, but oh so expressive. There’s a healthy (and original) mix of trance flavours, rock’n’roll structures, some rolling drum’n’bass and the occasional well-placed vocal from either Sally McDonald (also guitar) or Shayne O’Neill (also bass). The band have achieved that fine balance between the musical disciplines. Landline are a 5-piece from Golden Bay, Nelson, and this is their second album. There is a second bassist (Aaron Boot), two keyboardists (Aaron and Sam Hopely), as well as drummer Dale Westernik. It is cleanly produced, hugely evocative (shades of Shapeshifter appear), with track two Chimera having already appeared on neighbour Benny Tones’ album a few months back. More at www.frisbeedogrecords.com.