2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Innovative Leisure)
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Release:2015 / US – Original
On their 2013 debut album Voyage, L.A. duo De Lux introduced theirsingular sound, a fusion of post-punk, disco, funk and synth wizardry.Fun though Voyage was, described by The Guardian as “intricate,witty, inventive, dazzling” and by DJ Mag as “fresh, immediate”, fortheir follow-up, De Lux felt compelled to add an element of socialcommentary to the mix.Inspired by the infamously uncensored lyrics of punk performanceartist Karen Finley, as well as the likes of David Byrne, ESG and Can,Generation is a darker album than Voyage, heavy on urban anxietyand audaciously candid. Over its eleven songs, De Lux charts thedistance between childhood and adulthood, nostalgia and aspiration,and dream and reality, all with unflinching autobiographical detail. Theresult is entirely unfiltered and fearlessly contemporary.From “Center of L.U.B”, a roller-skate jam that examines one utilitycompany employee’s ennui, to the satirical and harrowing “Oh ManThe Future”, Generation is never one-note, an album about highhighs, low lows and the vast space in between. Stylistically, De Luxhas advanced, too, folding styles as varied as krautrock, punk andItalo disco into their template. It may be a step forward for the band,but Generation isn’t a departure. This is De Lux going deeper, notfarther away, and the result is electrifying.