Having long since run out of decent song ideas, Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper and Jeff Mercel figured they'd have a crack at some electronic soundscapes, thus saving themselves the trouble of writing verses, choruses and bridges. Instead, they've set their laser harp on "snooze" and come up with a yawn-inspiring set of digital whoosh over which to chant some nonsense that at best resembles the Chemical Brothers at their worst. You don't even want to know about the parts where they try to recreate their favourite Buggles bits.
As a small consolation to disappointed fans, Mercury Rev is offering the instrumental companion album Strange Attractor free for digital download on their mercuryrev.com site on September 30. Hey, it can't be any worse than Snowflake Midnight, right?
Thankfully, Mercury Rev will be joined by the fab Dean & Britta at the Opera House December 9.