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AT THE LAKE – These Days (Pop Fiction CD single)

Posted: January 23rd, 2006, by Simon Minter

The mainstream-ish independent plundering of eighties style continues apace; here come At The Lake with two extremely Bunnymenesque mini-epics of swooping, reverb-laden indie rock. I’m jaded by the constant reminders of music gone by than I hear in so many ‘new’ songs, so all I can genuinely muster about this is to say that it’s not bad. It pushes some buttons, venturing slightly into early Stone Roses territory in its guitar lines, but I’m struggling to hear anything new or truly dynamic at work. Of course, the Stone Roses weren’t entirely new and dynamic themselves, and maybe At The Lake are just in the wrong place at the wrong time – for this is perfect early-nineties indie disco music; fodder for grown-out fringe-bobbers and hands-behind-back swayers. The finesse and sheen that these two songs display is arresting enough to provide a pleasant diversion, but give it ten minutes and I doubt I’ll be humming them to myself.

Pop Fiction
At The Lake

Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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