Published December 22, 2009
While Bloodgroups´ first album was brash, in your face and full of day-glo E numbers, Dry Land sees them relax and breath in a bit more. The chickenfart gurgling synths and minimal beats are still there, but now they´re seriously working their songwriting chops to great effect. Listening to this, you sense whispers and echoes of 80´s synth pop (Wars) with layers of disco dub (How Do We Know). But it´s the lead tracks that blow you away. My Arms is simply an excellent song, end of discussion (it does seem to remind me of XTC´s Making Plans for Nigel for some reason). And First To go starts off with a full on EBM beat that dissolves into a chorus that interlocks vocals and synthesizer beats so perfectly, it makes your ears throb with pleasure.
You know after listening to this I saw the video to Thin Ice by Gus Gus and, compared to Dry land, it looked so…. tired! A case of the Kings are dead, long live the Queen?