Fusing their familiar style with updated breakbeats, Love Spirals Downwards' sound coalesces into a massively layered textural workout. flux organically caresses your soul while electronically massaging your mind.
Inspired by ambient drum & bass, Love Spirals Downwards combines their trademark ether-bliss guitars and heavenly female vocals with a breakbeat rhythmic foundation. The result is flux , Love Spirals Downwards' most advanced passage yet. Creating a style that is as much about mood as melody, Love Spirals Downwards continue their evolution beyond their "shoegazer," "dream-pop" roots.
flux brings Love Spirals Downwards to the forefront of contemporary electronica with a sound that is uniquely their own, beyond comparison or imitation.
flux effectively blurs the boundaries between electronica and pop music. More organic and human than most electronica albums, flux continues the Love Spirals tradition of creating music that is sensually soothing and sonically dazzling.
By paying close attention to the texture of the songs, the band ensures a deep listening experience that is inherently satisfying, with each song exploring a slightly different nook or cranny of LSD's unique sound, and each musical moment proving capable of being contemplated from a multitude of levels, much like a piece of postmodern art. Subtle keyboard tones and throbbing bass gently but firmly guide the attention while giving the body a sense of being mildly intoxicated. The album concludes with the trippy "Sunset Bell," where a looped vocal utterance is incorporated into an evolving series of electronically-contrived sonic layers designed to space you out.
I really cannot say enough positive things about this album, so if you dig music on the mellower side, I would highly recommend checking LSD out. -- Tate Bengtson
The latest album from the band, Flux, is more of the same stuff we've come to expect from the California- based duo with one key exception-- over all of the hypnotic aural dreamscapes that have made up Love Spirals Downwards is the introduction of jungle beats. Very weird, and something that makes you instinctively pop the disc out and make sure you put the right album in. But it's true. The combination of gothic trance and jungle rhythms isn't something that you'd probably expect to be found on the Projekt label, or any other gothic or dark ambient label that's trying to take itself seriously. However, within minutes of listening to this disc, you'll think that Love Spirals Downwards has been doing it for years and everybody else is just way behind the times.
Much less like a prelude to a dance remix, and more like an integral part of the music, electronic drums are used here in a tempo that's plenty fast, but subdued enough to not be the foreground of the songs. Rather, the foreground remains the interaction between effect- heavy guitar and singer Suzanne Perry's other- worldly vocals. Songs stand out as clearly futuristic, perhaps paving the way for a new interaction of genres that hadn't previously been conceived. Slacking back and listening to "Sound of Waves" or "Ring" easily lets you believe you've been somehow privy to a CD warped back in time from ten years in the future. We'll be anxiously awaiting the next album. -- Skaht Hansen