klaxons' lost landmarks
  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010

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Some more end-of-the-year freebies to call to your attention; this time beamed from whatever weird, extravagant world the Klaxons currently inhabit (um, England...maybe?). Titled the Landmarks of Lunacy EP, the psychedelic rockers recently compiled a five-pack of unreleased songs on their website, feeling sort of sappy about the set in the process. We'll let the band explain.

There are periods of time that we have spent together as a band that the only suitable word that comes close to describing them is Magical. The three nocturnal weeks spent at Black Box studio in 2008 under the loving guidance of James Ford was undeniably the point where the magic was peaking.

A little digging through the bands' family history reveals a few clues as to why they're so keen to wax nostalgic when it comes to Landmarks. The band originally re-united with Ford (who produced the bands debut Myths of the Near Future) for the recording of their latest, Baeble-approved album Surfing The Void. Unfortunately the bands label, Polydor, rejected much of what was turned in, deeming it too experimental for the public's appetite. Ford was eventually sacked, and another producer/engineer was brought in, presumably to get Surfing The Void right...at least in the eyes of the label.

All of which suggests that some (if not all) of the songs that inhabit this EP are those that were originally shelved and left to collect dust by the label. Given such circumstances, it's easy to hear why the band is so jazzed about this one. Landmarks is ripe with songs that are strange and hypnotic in character. The suits in charge with following up a Mercury Prize winning debut (Myths of the Near Future) obviously didn't understand the new kinds of places Klaxons wanted to take their listeners. So they left their songs to rot. Somehow, someway, the band got 'em back...and now you can download them FOR FREE over at klaxons.net. - David Pitz

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