WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, 2012 |
Posted by: Zoe Marquedant
Two Door Cinema Club's sophomore effort Beacon is your new favorite album. It is track after track of bright foot-friendly-pop that will leave you dancing. Produced out in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of Jacknife Lee, Beacon sounds like the California sun sung by Irishmen. Beacon meets the standard set by Two Doors debut Tourist History, while also making expansions in few areas. The band combines intricate guitar riffs and glittery synths to form a mature and ambitious sound that delivers on every level and earns Beacon a spot next to its predecessor.
There isn't a single track on Beacon that finds Two Door slacking off. Every song is a healthy serving of synth-heavy electro-riffage. They are masters of their unique, somewhat made-up genre and Beacon has them laying tracks in the same direction. It is as if Two Door took the sound of Tourist History and aged it, providing us now with a more thought-out dance blend. Album-opener "Next Year" melds heartbreak with indie rock, a familiar forumla, but shows more emotion than before. Personal favorite, "Someday," again showcases their mastery of that infectious pop blend. However it also presents the ambition and calculated precision that shapes Beacon.
There is a slower side to the album, notably in "The World is Watching (With Valentina)." However rather than dragging down the record these tracks show the bands ability to coast along at a different pace and flesh out their softer side. "Sun" hosts some of Two Doors sweeter lyrics, like "I know I'll stay, I know I'll stay right there with you." Alex Trimble's voice sounds as smooth as ever above the fuzzy guitars and horns. He soars over every dance-beat on Beacon, exercising such control over his voice and bringing the vocals through with effortless clarity. Trimble softens again for "Spring" when he croons "One more day is not enough." An element the band wanted to include on this record, the emotions evident in Beacon's lyrics are something newer to the Two Door sound. As if the vaguer feelings heard on Tourist History were clarified for Beacon.
Slower still is "Settle." The track has a depth instrumentally and lyrically -- a quality less explored on their past record -- adding a retrospective sense to Beacon. The song floats along with airy guitars and rolling drums despite the more serious tone.
Nothing seems to be able to weigh down the bright tones. Their one, shall we say, "creepy" song is "Pyramid." It's something of an experimental track -- and I use that term lightly -- straying briefly from the dance-pop manifesto. With each verse built on delicate drum work it sounds almost foreign to Two Door country, but returns promptly to uplifting vocals just in time for the chorus. Similarly, "Beacon" has a more prominent bass line and less optimism than other songs on the album. Both tracks show growth in the bands overall sound and their willingness to explore their sonic boundaries with the same pop and positivity.
Watch Two Doors trippy video for "Sleep Alone":
And watch the band play some tracks from their debut Tourist History: