FREE SHIPPING On Orders Over $49*
Music > Vinyl > De Lux - Generation (Vinyl 2LP)
Click to Enlarge

De Lux Generation

(Vinyl 2LP)

23Reward Points
Availability: Out Of Stock
Item: LDD40210

De Lux Generation on 2LP + Download

On their full-length 2014 debut Voyage, L.A duo De Lux learned how to take their influences and create a sound all their own - a beyond-their-years synthesis of post-punk, disco, funk and of course synthesizer wizardry, drawing inspiration from the same combination of agitation and exhilaration that helped LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads deliver some of the most danceable social commentary ever. And now that they’ve found their sound, De Lux are creating a story to go with it on their new album Generation: “All of these things that they put us through,” sings co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Sean Guerin, “I’m writing it down / I’m writing it down.”

The band returned to the L.A. practice space where they wrote and recorded Voyage, this time with new instruments - like the little-known but sought-after synthesizer guitar beloved of King Crimson’s Adrian Belew - and new inspirations, chief among them punk preformance artist Karen Finley, whose 1987 debut album Sean discovered at a Seattle record store simply because it looked promising. Her infamously uncensored lyrics made him realize there was more he could sing about, too: “You admire the ambition behind her saying whatever she wants,” he says.

So if Generation is a darker album than Voyage - and it’s inherited plenty of the modern urban anxiety of David Byrne - that’s because it’s a fearlessly honest and candid album, too. In fact, call it a millennial documentary. In Generation’s eleven songs, De Lux chart the distance between childhood and adulthood, nostalgia and aspiration and dream and reality, all with unflinching autobiographical detail. Says Sean: “When I write lyrics, I try and be as specific as possible. We think about if someone listens to us in 30 years: ‘Oh, that’s what was going on at that time.’”

The result is a sort of Less Than Zero for the post-Social Network era. Think of it as a nighttime freeway drive that starts with the propulsive “L.A. Threshold” and rides the borderline between feel-good rhythm and artfully sophisticated sentiment. “There’s dark moments, but it’s still fun,” explains Sean. “The first album was just more innocent.” There’s new space in De Lux’s sense of rhythm and groove, says Isaac, for Sean to say what he needs to say: “The song gives him the freedom to be himself.”

And so Generation is an album about high highs, low lows and the vast space in between. “Center of L.U.B” is a roller-skate jam that starts with a Can-style guitar riff before spinning into an examination of one utility company employee’s ennui - you knew this wasn’t going to be a love song, right? - while “It’s A Combination” is a brooding Italo disco track and unexpected piano piece “Conditions” is like Harry Nilsson or John Lennon suddenly transplanted to Rough Trade Records. Then there’s the alternately hilarious and harrowing “Oh Man The Future” - a satirical reading on the shape of things to come, propelled by a bass-and-drum rhythm right off one of ESG’s first EPs - to the desolate-yet-funky “When Your Life Feels Like A Loss,” where De Lux dissect just what happens when “you think you’re special/no, you’re not special/you’re just an average guy.”

In other words, Generation isn’t a departure. This is De Lux going deeper, not farther away, and the result is surely the most anthropologically daring dancefloor album of the year. That might seem difficult to pull off, but that’s why they did it, explains Sean: “At some point we realized creativity is just limitless,” he says. “You can do anything. There might be certain people who think, ‘Oh, you can’t do that.’ That’s when you say, ‘Well - I’m doing it!’”

De Lux Generation Track Listing:

1.  LA Threshold 
2.  30 
3.  Living In An Open Place 
4.  Center of L.U.B. 
5.  Simba Simba Simba 
6.  No One Really Cares Who You Are 
7.  Oh Man The Future 
8.  Conditions 
9.  When Your Life Feels Like A Loss 
10. It's A Combination 
11. Someday Now
Read More Less
Related Videos
Music Direct - How We Pack Your Records
Music Direct - How We Pack Your Records
Music Direct - How to Clean Your Records
Music Direct - How to Clean Your Records
Read More Less
Related Articles
1. LA Threshold
2. 30
3. Living In An Open Place
4. Center of L.U.B.
5. Simba Simba Simba
6. No One Really Cares Who You Are
7. Oh Man The Future
8. Conditions
9. When Your Life Feels Like A Loss
10. It's A Combination
11. Someday Now

Reviews (0)

You must logged in to ask a question, vote on a question, or answer a question. Click here to login.

Stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in high-end audio


Check out the newest Music Direct catalogs

Learn More
Copyright © MusicDirect.com 2016. All Rights Reserved.