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Between its glitchy repetitions, frenzied synth rages and impassive vocals, HEALTH's latest has all the symptoms of a mental breakdown. But insanity works for these L.A. noise mongers, who made their name on the barely-tuned barrage of 2007's HEALTH and the assaultive, club-ready Crystal Castles mix that followed. These guys don't write songs so much as conduct sonic onslaughts — they surface at a distance, attack, and disappear into static.
But on Get Color, more so than on HEALTH, those slaughters actually feel like songs — songs with discernible melodies, verses and rhythms coated in a thin narcotic haze. Look no further than the first single, "Die Slow," for evidence: after opening with a wall of guitar and an itchy succession of pixilated synths, the track slinks into a garish chorus, all spectral vocals and insistent electric swells. By the end, it's become a writhing dance floor cacophony, buzzing and creaking with all the communal free energy that HEALTH failed to harness on their debut.
HEALTH have, of course, preserved their penchant for noise; Get Color frequently erupts in frenzies of feedback ("Death +," "We Are Water"), tuneless screaming and static ("Severin") and bouts of raw, abrasive riffing ("Eat Flesh"). But they've… read more »