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Review: 'no:carrier' has an interesting name, and an interesting album

By Wesley Butler     Apr 19, 2014 in Music
Los Angeles - German/Californian “Electro Noire” duo “no:carrier” are back with a third album, after their first two reached commercial success.
This album, entitled “Wisdom and Failure,” tells stories about hurtful memories, fears for the future, tragic destinies and strong personalities.
Interesting name, interesting album.
The album’s inaugural track, “Alone Now,” serves as a strong starting point for an album, with a Florence + The Machine sounding croon, along with jingly keys and heavy horns.
“Confession” follows the same path. Noted as the single of the album, I wish it wasn’t as tailored to a certain audience, and no:carrier holds back on the subtle experimentation they tend to have on tracks. It seemed bland to me.
“Life” dips in the 80′s space rock, which has been applied to other bands today (Spiritualized, Galaxie 500), although this songs really commits to the original, vintage, true to form sound. I connected with “Sunset Castle” the most while I wandered Tokyo during sunset.
Wisdom & Failure attempts and succeeds at giving off the effect that it’s bigger than just a duo. They have everything from spacey keys to icy drums, and deprived lonely lyrics that anyone can take from (“Owes You Nothing” is key).
This duo is very powerful together, and they need to stay this way if they want to drop further successes in the music industry today.
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