Australian trio Lace Curtain's debut 12" for Mexican Summer, Falling/Running, incorporates a wide range of influences from electronic music, spanning '80s synth pop and contemporary groups such as Light Asylum.
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.