Pistol Disco - Radiation
Last year’s debut, "Two," was a monster slab that proved Pistol Disco adept at making a huge noise and slowing it down to droning, Floyd-esque majesty. "Radiation" offers more of both, with a confidence that shatters any sophomore slump clichés. This duo of Alexander Palmestal and Mikeal Enqvist—who both play keyboards, with the latter adding drums—are like a Scandinavian Suicide. While their sound is often confrontational, here they add more colors to the mix, and many of the long-ish tunes here approach an ambient tone missing from the debut release.
PD use the most flimsy connection to rock structures as a jumping off point. As a result, "The Sunshine Underground", "When Tomorrow Hits" and others are challenging, but not daunting. These songs sound like history being built off of for the better. A more mature work than "Two," in the sense of the addition or more subtle textures, "Radiation" is nevertheless a strong and inspired release that will leave you at least sweaty, if not cowering in the corner.
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