The Young Gods – Lucidogen

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Single Review by Mark Bayross

They’re back to blow your mind. Releases by the Young Gods are such gems, but they are few and far between. The last single, KISSING THE SUN came out in 1995, as did its accompanying album, ONLY HEAVEN, and since then, only an avant-garde remix album and Alain “Comet” Monod’s solo effort have seen the light of day.

The Young Gods have always dared to push sonic boundaries further than their peers – their ability to layer sounds and twist them into dramatically angular shapes has kept them at the forefront of music’s true innovators.

Beat-heavy, mixing glacial ambience with blasts of electronic noise, LUCIDOGEN, I am pleased to say, is a typically stunning return from Franz Treichler, Alain Monod and new drummer Bernard Trontin.

This single would not have sounded out of place on ONLY HEAVEN, as would the fragile ambience of the accompanying “Braindance mix”. Only the “Speedfloor mix” is a real departure, and that’s into the realms of euro-techno.

So, more of the same, but as majestic as ever. I can’t wait for the album.

4 stars