Shake thrives when guided by floating, atmospheric guitars and the pulsing, full-sounding synth hooks that wobble and entrance throughout the album, especially on “Dizzy Air”, “Save You” and “Play It On.” The standout track, “Six,” takes a basic piano line, glitches it up and builds into a simple beat, with bursts of low synths and one or two notes that call out through the performance. At one point reaching a beautiful, melancholy sound not unlike that of Explosions in the Sky, it’s the first song on the album that’s clean in texture, and it’s a fun, catchy little thing.
At times, the band’s
frenetic energy becomes overwhelmingly garbled. Those moments, however,
are less frequent than the successful ones. Perhaps Bombs Into You is
finally ready to move out of the basement.
SEE IT: Bombs Into You plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Souvenir Driver and Hong Kong Banana, on Sunday, Dec. 22. 9 pm. $6 advance, $8 day of show.