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7.1

Pivot
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Like any good music-based website that exists in the post-Strokes apocalypse that is the 21st century - we compare all records to Battles' Mirrored. For the most part this is a stupid way to carry out 'reviews', because not only do only about 0.06% of all musical compositions ever released exist in the same stratosphere as that album, but most sound like nothing like it.

Sydney-meets-Perth instrumentalists Pivot are a little different. Not only are they part of the same family as Battles (Warp Records) but they also exhibit a very similar organic industrialism to their music that is impossible to ignore. The problem is, however, that Pivot are pretty much the diet, low-carb, caffeine-free version of Battles. Everything is lighter on the experimental front, hits the listener with less impact and is missing a key, hypnotic, head-throbbing element that their labelmates use as the backbone of their sound.

But this review isn't about Battles (holy fuck I wish it was) and comparisons to modern-day instrumental God's aside, even when held up next to the band's earlier work, this record is a little bit of a disappointment. Not only was their debut Make Me Love You a lot more detailed, built around thicker layers of sound combining with wider and deeper soundscapes, but it also exhibited a larger sense of control. The band guided the music through their patterns, instead of letting it freely romp, rock and hectically break it's own rules just because it can, as seems to be the case this time around. While this directionless approach seems a lot more artistically free and is undeniably more instantly appealing, at times it feels too much like the band are just throwing shit at a wall and hoping something sticks.

Having said this, the high points of the record come close to replicating the mind-blowing peaks of their last album. Perhaps its the shedding of a few members that has forced the sound into a thicker, more guitar based area, but when they get it right the results are certainly worthy of praise, particularly on In The Blood, current single Didn't I Furious and the album's title track. However, it's the times when the conviction levels to the new sound lapse that are noticed most, and that make one lust after the intricacies found strewn across their first release. The result is a record full of flat climaxes, with too much time spent filling in the gaps between them.

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kidalias

Posted By: PolaroidsOfAndroidsThe problem is, however, that Pivot are pretty much the diet, low-carb, caffeine-free version of Battles.



I can't figure out how I want to phrase my commendation of that sentence. "Commendation" even sounds stupid.

But yes, agreed. It's exactly how I felt when I saw them both at Beck's in January.

1 decade ago

shaun

I'm not sure, I don't like the album that much but I think the Battles comparison is pretty weak. Pivot have more character and rely more on mood than just virtuosity.

1 decade ago

Sandbox Magician

Bought the album today - must say, was nowhere near as thrilling as I thought it would be (especially after being blown away when they supported Sigur Ros). You're right, the peaks are amazing, but the flat bits are pretty damn flat...

As for Battles, I love them as much as the next person, but 'modern-day instrumental God'? Not so much... Even Mirrored had its flaws

1 decade ago

monachilada

Actually, they just put a copy of Mirrored through the new Large Hadron Collider and it was observed as being 10 to the power of 239487239874293 times more perfect than a diamond atom.

1 decade ago

el zilcholas

wouldn't that be a carbon atom?

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

hi nick..
where yo been?

1 decade ago

monachilada

SHUT THE FUCK UP NICK. YOU WALTZ IN HERE AND CORRECT MY SCIENCE LIKE YOU FUCKING OWN THE PLACE.
I mean, you're probably right. But still, FUCK!

1 decade ago

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