Tuesday 17 February 2009

Band: Klaxons

A couple of the new Klaxons' songs have begun to emerge on YouTube and their new album is slated for release later this year. It has occurred to me that many people won't understand my excitement and jubilation when this happen because I have never posted about the absolute wonder that is Klaxons before.

The story starts back in 1996 when I fell in love with the Grace song, Not Over Yet which I craftily posted about here. I remember almost freezing to death camping at Rustler's Valley festival and waking up before dawn, hearing this song and going to dance in my pyjamas just to keep warm. And because I loved the song so much. It took me two years after that to find the song on CD single - you have to love how inaccessible music can be in South Africa.

Anyway, I was driving across England in July 2007 to visit my pets in quarentine, when I heard the Klaxons' remake of Not Over Yet and I loved it. It took me a while to get the album, strangely enough, and even longer to listen to it; but when I did eventually start listening to it, I was blown away.

Every song on the album, Myths Of The Near Future is dramatic and energetic and I soon found myself playing songs like Magick over and over and over again.

We went to see Klaxons at the NME Shockwave Awards concert last year and they just blew me away.  Soon after that I went out and got every single CD single of theirs. In 2006, they had launched a competition to remix their song Atlantis to Interzone and I have to say that the Metronomy remix of that song is the best remix I have ever heard.  Of course, it is a severely acquired taste and not for everyone's tastes, but you can click on the link at the bottom of the post at your peril!

I posted the video for Magick here but this is another brilliant song featuring the Klaxons from the Chemical Brothers album We Are the Night.


Finally, here is the Metronomy remix.  It is pretty warped so as I said, listen to it at your own risk!  And remember that it is a remix and not the typical Klaxons offering.  (None of this stopped me from listening to it repeatedly for, oh, about three months solid).

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was Klaxons.  Hopefully some of you will be able to understand my near obsession now (especially you Broken).

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