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Saturday, October 27, 2007

 

ModMusic: Underworld

Most people who know the electronic gods of Underworld do so for "Born Slippy", the extended track that scores the climax of the 90's cult film Trainspotting. Since that time, they've established an impressive body of work, mixing original albums (1999's Beaucoup Fish) and some of the best film scores in recent memory (including Anthony Mingella's Breaking and Entering in 2006, and this year's latest by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle, the sci-fi meditation Sunshine).

Their first original CD in five years, Oblivion With Bells, is a perfect place to start a love affair with this detailed, magisterial band. The first single, "Crocodile," features a driving beat and a chant-like chorus that wouldn't be unusual at a monastery. Other tracks, like the spoken-text "Holding The Moth," capture Underworld's central paradox, one they share with artists like Bjork and Tricky: a quirky originality both odd and magnetic, a sound at once lush and spare. It's delightful, a safari through sound unlike anything else out there these days.

Watch The Video:
"Crocodile", Underworld
"Cowgirl (Live)", Underworld
Download (For One Week):
"Crocodile", Underworld
"Holding The Moth", Underworld
Visit: Official Site, Elbo.ws, MySpace, iTunes
Then Buy: Oblivion With Bells, Underworld

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