Yeti Lane - The Echo Show
Now reduced to a duo, Yeti Lane return with sophomore record The Echo Show, a hippy, happy amalgam of sparkly pop melodies and 70s German kosmische electronics that results in a slightly surreal psychedelic trip through familiar, yet subtlety altered waters – think Pet Shop Boys on acid. When it works, it is a fantastic combination as the likes of 'Analog Wheel' and 'Sparkling Sunbeam', propelled by thumping motorik rhythms, float on waves of joyous melodies and mind-expanding jams.
This whole approach is best exemplified in the raucous finale of 'Faded Spectrum' as the catchy beginnings stretch their musical legs and dive off into driving hypnotic krautrock, before gloriously crashing in on a wail of distorted synths and screaming guitars. The Echo Show might not consistently hit these lofty heights (it sinks into some brainless pop drivel midway through), but the highs are big enough to warrant repeated listens, and stoke hopes that Yeti Lane will finish the morph into nu-kraut leaders.