There are so many ideas in “Eternal Combustion,” in fact, that it’s sometimes hard to keep up. With less sampling than their self-titled 2000 release, electronic music — both modern and retro — is still the basis of most tracks. Fusing this together with world-music percussion, the sounds of their own assemblages and the familiar elements of guitars, strings and horns have created a breed of unclassifiable, beautiful music.
The opening track, “Soaked,” begins with light cymbal-work and a wall of reverberating, ambient synth. Then the sound of a surly trombone begins to sidle in, as if a drunken horn from New Orleans has stumbled into the wrong studio and decided to join in. And it works.
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