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Video of the Moment #787: The Rapture

 
By on Sunday, 6th May 2012 at 10:00 am
 

For the video of the Rapture‘s ‘How Deep is Your Love’, a mini Luke Jenner pops out of a hatbox to serenade some ladies at a tea party and gets them out grooving. Weird? Watch it below and see for yourself.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoedK3XcoBE[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #724: The Rapture

 
By on Friday, 2nd March 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

This is the new video from The Rapture, for the title track of their album released last year, ‘In the Grace of Your Love’ (John’s review here). It’s colourful, different and perfect for a Friday night, as you shall see below. Enjoy your weekend, folks.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVH8vUg2Eh0[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #638: The Rapture

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

The new video for the Rapture‘s ‘Sail Away’ is, shall we say, a little odd. But you get to watch New York City in all its glory. Watch it below.

The band’s new album ‘In the Grace of Your Love’ was released earlier this year and you can read John’s review here.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/29872118[/vimeo]

 

Album Review: The Rapture – In the Grace of Your Love

 
By on Monday, 12th September 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

‘In the Grace of Your Love’ is a bizarre album, to say the least. Call it experimentation, or a clashing of genres all you like, but in my opinion the Rapture are just a bit weird. Weird though: it’s something they pull off with relative ease.

In between their last release and this record bassist Mattie Safer left the band, but the band say it was all on peaceful terms, and nothing in the album sticks out as any feelings of resentment. No, the overlying theme to this record is loss, mainly the loss that was suffered by frontman Luke Jenner in the form of his mother taking her own life. ‘Never Die Again’ is difficult to listen to when you know this fact but it does indicate that Jenner is learning to deal with the terrible loss in a more positive way. ‘Come Back To Me’ is scarily reminiscent of early Fatboy Slim and has one of those toe-tapping beats throughout that will stick in your head. The synths are calm and build slowly to nothing like a traditional crescendo, but instead to a euphoric plateau.

Jenner’s vocals are perfect for their unique blend of psychedelic acid house, with the frantic guitars of Gabriel Andruzzi meshing subtly in the background of most tracks. The guitars subtle brilliance is at its best eccentric best in ‘Never Die Again’ where the suspense is drawn out by the continuous riffage. Luke Jenner has also spoken about how becoming a father influenced the album’s formation, so some of the darker overlays of the album are only touched on briefly.

Overall, this is a pleasing album, no two songs are the same, and the changes of pace are exciting and give the record a sense of vibrancy without making it seem frantic. While the strongest part of it may come in the middle, it’s not to say that this isn’t a solid album throughout. ‘Children’ is a wild ride dripping with the kind of dance hooks that the Rapture are known for, while ‘Can You Find a Way’s constant rhetoric lyrics are catchy. This may not be an album which the band are remembered for, but on merit it is a good effort.

6/10

‘In the Grace of Your Love’ is available now from DFA Records. You can download the Rapture’s track ‘How Deep is Your Love?’ from the DFA Web site here.

 

The Rapture / October and November 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 1st August 2011 at 9:30 am
 

The Rapture (the New York City-based band, not the end of the world event that never happened in May) will be touring in the UK in late October into early November. Tickets are available now.

Thursday 27th October 2011 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 28th October 2011 – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 29th October 2011 – Coventry Kasbah
Sunday 30th October 2011 – Glasgow SWG3
Wednesday 2nd November 2011 – London Koko
Thursday 3rd November 2011 – Brighton Coalition

 

MP3 of the Day #344: Locksley

 
By on Friday, 27th May 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Whoa oh-oh. So last weekend we were waiting for the end to come via the rapture. Forget all that: this is the real Rapture. Rather the Rapture’s Gabriel Andruzzi has taken a track by Locksley (a band I was stumping for in late 2009) and completely changed the vibe. ‘The Whip’ in its original, non-Rapture form will appear on the band’s self-titled debut album, due out on 12 July in the States. (So if you like Locksley’s sound but don’t like this remix for some reason, not to worry.)

 
 
 

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