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Lace Curtain

Falling/Running

(Mexican Summer; US: 11 Jun 2013; UK: 24 Jun 2013)

The Australian trio Lace Curtain is among the newest signatories to Mexican Summer, who join the ranks of the Brooklyn-based label’s noteworthy electronic roster, with names like the goth duo Light Asylum standing out amongst an impressive crop. With Falling/Running, its debut 12”, the trio offers up two interpretations on the movements of the EP’s title, incorporating a surprisingly wide range of electronic styles over the course of four tracks.


“Falling (II)” starts things off in a fashion quite similar to Light Asylum, albeit without all of the moody, angst-y darkness that makes the latter’s music so distinctive. “Running (II)” is fronted by a killer bass line reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem. The flip-sides to these aforementioned cuts take a slightly mellower tactic, utilizing the woozy synths of the so-called “chillwave” genre to wring a spacey, almost dreamy mood out of the music. Relatively longer than most EPs, Falling/Running offers a lot to the listener, to say nothing of its supreme remixability—this really is a DJ’s dream. Even though this feels like more of a tease than a fully-fleshed collection of tracks, it’s a hell of a tease, and an indication that Lace Curtain will become a lot more than just “a band to watch out for” in today’s burgeoning, diverse electronic music scene.

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Brice Ezell is the Assistant Editor of PopMatters, where he also reviews music, film, and books, which he has done since 2011. He also is the creator of PopMatters' Notes on Celluloid column, which covers the world of film music. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (formerly Hidden Track). His short story, "Belle de Jour", was published in 67 Press' inaugural publication The Salmagundi: An Anthology. You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you're so inclined. He lives in Chicago.


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