For those keeping score of notable indie rock releases featuring furry felines, Klaxons' new Surfing The Void is third this year. Wavves and Best Coast both have cat-fancying album covers, but Klaxons, with their giggling ode to astro-cats, are the clear winners in this ludicrous category. If only the music on Surfing measured up to that photo.
Three years removed from a massively hyped debut, and with a first draft of their sophomore reportedly returned to sender by the label, Klaxons sought direction from L.A. nu-metal producer Ross Robinson. The results are a mess. Despite a strong lead single in opener Echoes, Surfing wipes out hard on its title track, while further sonic explorations (Extra Astrono-mical) show a cacophonic disregard for the listener. The hooks are in short supply, and the production, as on Flashover, overstuffed and claustrophobic. That cat photo almost saves the day, but not quite.
Top track: Echoes
Klaxons hit the Mod Club September 27.