Secret Machines - Now Here is Nowhere
This was an album that was recommended to me by a friend as a "gotta get this album now!" When he says that, he's always on to something. Upon first listen I didn't really think it was anything special but after as few as two to three listens I knew I had a new favorite brewing. Secret Machines is nothing too technical. Instead they rely on a flow they get going. Bands that use the beat as their number one instrument usually get to have me as a fan.
One of the best songs on Now Here Is Nowhere is "The Road Leads Where Its Led". It chugs along with a beat that is almost enough on its own. Throw in the catchy lyrics and you have a very interesting and bright young band. Now Here Is Nowhere starts out with the 9 minute epic "First Wave Intact", giving us a good idea on what to expect for the rest of the album. It isn't until "Nowhere Again" until we hear their true potential. It's a power-pop song at it's finest. It really winds up and let's loose. I can hear many an influence at work in Secret Machines but the one that sticks out in songs like slow trudging "Pharaohs Daughter" is Pink Floyd. It's an updated Pink Floyd but all the same. You can also hear the likes of The Flaming Lips in some of the songs. Rest assured that the Secret Machines have a great sound that becomes catchier with every listen that passes.
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