Album Review: Modular Living by Eat Lights Become Lights
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Aah, krautrock. So easy to be impressed by its driving motorik rhythms and highways to the cosmic autobahns of free thinking, with no speed limits and an endless nostalgic waving of bratwurst; but so difficult to replicate without seeming a tad flat tyred. The wheels haven’t come off the krautrock drone-mobile favoured by Eat Lights Become Lights since their 2011 debut, Autopia.
With krautrock and avant garde psychedelia having become fashionable all of a sudden, it's left to one of the new breed's elder statesmen to deliver an album which captures the genre's basic origins. While not exactly veterans either - Eat Lights Become Lights only put their first record out five years ago - they've firmly established themselves over that period to become arguably the UK's leading exponents of experimental, motorik-themed psych rock. The band is the brainchild of songwriter-cum-producer and arranger Neil Rudd, who created the project partly in homage to experimental artists such as Spiritualized, Can and Kraftwerk, while ultimately developing a progressive sound of his own making in the process.
Whilst it’s great on many levels that all things kosmische and motorik have been so widely embraced and recognised in recent years, we’re at a point now where adherent artists can’t just cruise along on the fuel of all the key references to make a real impact. For it is no longer enough to have a Cluster synth fetish, to know Tago Mago backwards and to figure-out just how Neu! locked into a rhythm. This is something that Neil Rudd has clearly realised with Modular Living, his third album as the London-birthed Eat Lights Become Lights.