Surfing The Void
Label: Polydor Records
Ever the conceptualists, one-time nu-ravers Klaxons skirt oblivion with an LOLcats sleeve and a continuation of the guitar-heavy, Brit-rock/indie-dance sound they settled into on 2007's Myths of the Near Future. Metal producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit) ensures that the guitars are thick as anvils and the hammering drums throw sparks. But Klaxons remain a pop band at heart, in pursuit of memorable choruses and dancey rhythms; they're at their best on songs like the title track, where odd harmonic urges tug them towards the margins of the stadium they've claimed as their stomping ground.