Two Door Cinema Club – False Alarm (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:39 minutes | 562 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
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From humble beginnings for Parisian label Kitsune back in 2010, the sub-pop of Two Door Cinema Club has reached great heights thanks to their albums Beacon, Gameshow and most of all, their debut, Tourist History. Now with False Alarm, Alex Trimble’s vocals continue to collide in sweet harmony with the band’s contemporary arrangement of synths, acoustic drums and undertones of tropical instrumentation – bear in mind that TDCC never stray too far from the poppy realms of disco either. Highlights include the radical ’80s charm of “Satisfaction Guaranteed” (think Sting or Hall & Oates) to “Satellite” and the oddly, stylisticly French ballad that is “Break”. Good times roll!
When Two Door Cinema Club walked out onto the Other Stage at Glastonbury in 2010, the band were not expecting to find tens of thousands of adoring fans waiting for them to play Tourist History, their recently released debut album. It was with this that their unexpected rise to stardom began. This surprising journey, from their rapid rise and headlining major festivals, to their abrupt hiatus at the height of their glory and sudden return to obscurity, is perhaps the best way to characterise this Northern Irish trio. Singer Alex Trimble was burnt out and exhausted from incessant touring, triggering a reflective pause for TDCC. They returned three years later with Gameshow, an album that was received lukewarmly by critics. Lesser bands would have taken this tepid reception as an indication to go back to their roots, back to the same Bloc Party indie-rock energy propelled largely by Alex Trimble and Sam Halliday’s post-punk guitars. But rather than looking to recapture the unattainable exuberance of their first breakthrough, the three Irishmen do quite the opposite. False Alarm is clearly in keeping with the art-pop and synth-wave sounds that were already emerging in 2016, as can be seen on tracks like Bad Decisions and Ordinary. On Once, the opening track, these same guitars are relegated to the bottom of the mix, almost drowned out by synth arrangements à la Dépêche Mode. On Satisfaction Guaranteed, Kevin Baird’s bass triggers an infectious groove, interspersed by a masterful break in which Trimble’s voice seems to fly into the highest layers of the stratosphere: his aerial falsetto being a potent example of the band’s evolution since their formation in 2007. By distancing themselves further from their origins, False Alarm certainly signifies a stylistic risk taken by a band from whom we would expect nothing less. – Alexis Renaudat
1. Once (03:18)
2. Talk (04:24)
3. Satisfaction Guaranteed (03:47)
4. So Many People (04:41)
5. Think (03:51)
6. Nice to See You (06:13)
7. Break (02:08)
8. Dirty Air (04:03)
9. Satellite (04:19)
10. Already Gone (03:41)