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October Sky - 'The Aphotic Season' Hot

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This album is wonderful at what it does.

…In which a Canadian band dash for cash and give away any hope of quality. And as aphotic can refer to a place in which no action or growth takes place, the title is apposite.

This band will probably make loads of money. They are designed for that purpose, a sales-seeking missile unconcerned with surprises. Incubus comes to mind here, which is never good, the New Wavey, soft, almost danceable but always anguished cup that never cheers. They have a big, all-encompassing guitar sound with usual drop outs just because, well, that's what you do (‘Dark Vision’) and a Coldplay piano noodling moment which could lodge in the charts (‘Air’) but also a bit of that dubby backing that a lot of middle class Indie bands think is really cutting edge, mixing it with spare, keening falsetto which Wild Beasts would thoroughly embrace - at least they know where they're going with this (‘Fear’). Unsurprisingly, the best thing here might be the Hair Metal beats and scything riffs of ‘Sacrifice’ which adds some bleeping synths to keep us guessing.

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To be unstintingly fair, this album is wonderful at what it does. Attempting to evoke Muse, this isn't odd enough to trim Matt Bellamy's beard. Its chart fodder, some of it modern Rock too but all of it commercial, from the plaintive vocals to the aimless riffing. And that is probably admirable in itself. Just not surprising.

Steve Swift

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