Stateless - Matilda
Like 21st century Radiohead, Stateless combine rock with cutting edge electronica. Matilda is their second album and was recorded with producer Damian Taylor, who has worked with the likes of Bjork, The Prodigy and UNKLE. With eastern percussion, glitchy beats and occasional outbursts of dubstep bass, the album has an adventurous, state of the art sheen, yet there’s something curiously sterile about it; a quality shared, perhaps not uncoincidentally, with UNKLE's Never, Never Land. When the electronic trickery is stripped away, as on 'I’m On Fire', and Chris James’ choir boy vocal becomes the focal point, you have something roughly equivalent to Muse at their most sleep-inducing. It’s on the few tracks where bass player, Justin Percival, takes over vocal duties that Matilda finds that elusive soul; 'Visions' has touches of Cee Lo Green.