Wave Machines aren’t the first alt-mainstream crossover hopefuls to (over-)produce melancholic, technically capable anthems while forgoing much sense of directness or identity. But ultimately what disappoints is the dour inevitably of it all, insert-climax-here tunes wafting and wintry, gliding wistfully in one ear and out the other.»
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enigmatic merseyside four piece wave machines make their return in 2013 with second album 'pollen'. having built a cult following with their intricate and instinctive art-pop, wave machines have taken their vast sonic palette and made it broader, denser and more focused. 'pollen' is the band's return to fray; this long awaited follow-up reveals a more nuanced vision for the lush disco-hooks of their debut. simultaneously intimate and epic, haunting and direct, 'pollen' marks a surprising return for wave machines. though 'pollen' may be darker, wave machines' future is as bright as any.
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