Review: Argonaut – Argonaut

Wise old sages may say that “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” and with this in mind, London’s Argonaut simply wrote an e-mail to Criminal Records and asked them to come and listen to their tracks and watch them perform. The band were duly signed up and now the female-fronted five-piece have made their first studio album.

Argonaut Album Cover

They begin impressively. ‘Monet’  immediately calls to mind all-girl act, Warpaint, thanks to the song’s hypnotic, rhythmic undertow and breathy, detached female vocals cooing killer couplets such as “It’s a great place to get out of your head. Looking at pictures painted by the dead”. The second track, ‘Touch Electric’, is punkier and more muscular and not unlike another all-girl act, but this time it’s the somewhat less-celebrated Fuzzbox. Thereafter, the record is a little consistent, ranging from the gothic stylings of ‘Two Lights’ to the underwhelming female-fronted 1980’s rock of ‘Vintage Dress’ and ‘Spectres’. Interestingly, Argonaut are actually at their best when they slow things down and create a sense of mystery. This level of intrigue is most apparent on their opening song but ‘They Can Buy You’ and ‘Sleep Tight’ are full of similar levels of lurking menace and tight musicianship, whilst ‘Chemistry’ manages to be both sinister and touching.

‘Argonaut’ is an odd album to listen to since it seems caught halfway between early Altered Images and the considerably cooler, more modern acts such as the aforementioned Warpaint. Perhaps what they do lack is enough distinguishing features to make them stand out from the pack but as a debut, this is promising enough to make it a slick and enjoyable listen.

Web Sites:
Argonaut Official Site
Soundcloud for Criminal Records’ Acts

Further Listening:
Altered Images, Warpaint, Garbage

1 Response to “Review: Argonaut – Argonaut”


  1. 1 buy soundcloud followers April 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Hi there, constantly i used to check webpage posts here early in the
    morning, since i like to gain knowledge of more and
    more.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




Categories


%d bloggers like this: