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4 stars One of those albums that leaves you with a great impression from first listen, 6LA8 is a little-known band that shouldn't be so little-known. They're two friends who are just doing what they love and doing a great job at it, the friendship is likely what makes this album (and other 6LA8 albums) so concise and fun to listen to.

With The Moderate Picture, the band mixes post-rock, drone, ambient and electronic music all into one gigantic, intense and epic ball of sound. The music definitely falls in the "unclassifiable" category as it makes leaps and bounces through so many genres of music that it's hard to think of anything like it that's been done before and for this reason alone it's very interesting music to hear.

One element that really makes this album worth hearing is all of the emotional audio clips that sound as if they've been taken from an old movie. Put together with the music they have that sort of Godspeed You Black Emperor effect that almost brings tears to my eyes.

A very interesting album from a very interesting Pakastani duo, I highly recommend it.

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Posted Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | Review Permalink
4 stars The Moderate Picture is an album of fierce grunge-inspired electronic music. I say grunge inspired because of the direct aggression and huge amount of distorted fuzz present through most of this album. Even as the album opens with "Guitar Radio" you're treated with an all-consuming wall of distortion very similar to what would be expected from Maurizio Bianchi but with a distant ethereal element that might make it more palatable.

Many of the songs on The Moderate Picture are a bit more relaxed, such as "Drunkards & Soul", a bass-led tipsy melody enhanced by huge reverb, but one of the most interesting tracks in my opinion is "260" which starts out rather heavy and grungy but becomes a spiritual echo-laden psych-rock session. "Saturation Point" has a typical sluggish post-rock flow but is saved middle Eastern instrumentation, something that this Pakistani duo doesn't explore enough, in my opinion.

Though it may sound a bit silly, I personally think the few instrumental electro-pop tracks are the most satisfying. "Meat Freestyle" is a mid-paced electro indie rock song with steady percussion and piercing synths that sound like a cross between Pinback and Shigeto, which is also the case with "Celeplode". Also worth mentioning, "Pretty" sounds quite like a sample from an Infected Mushroom track, but becomes a bit overly repetitive by the time it ends, which is a bit unfortunate considering it's only just under 3 and half minutes.

By this time I've come to realize that each of 6LA8's album are different in tone while maintaining the same style, which is kind of interesting. The Moderate Picture is by far their heaviest and rawest album, so anyone who has wanted to check out this group but can't stand the stagnant sounds of ambient post-rock, this is the perfect introduction.

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Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | Review Permalink

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