VHS Or Beta Diamonds And Death on LP
They say location is everything, so it should come as no surprise to learn that the aesthetic shift audible on Diamonds & Death, the fourth album by VHS or Beta, was accompanied by a change of zip code. Two years ago, founding band member, Mark Palgy relocated from Louisville, KY to Brooklyn, NY. Six months later, his creative foil, Craig Pfunder followed. New surroundings exerted a powerful influence on the predominantly electronic grooves of their first full-length since 2007's Bring on the Comets.
The album juxtaposes more straightforward dance floor tracks like the jittery "Watch Out" with experimental yet sublime electronic fare such as "Jellybean," a trippy excursion pitched somewhere between Pink Floyd and the dark side of Italo-disco. While the grooves of Diamonds & Death are among the band's most optimistic and propulsive to date, it is no accident that they are often paired with dark lyrics, as on the crisp, percolating single "Breaking Bones."
VHS Or Beta Diamonds And Death Track Listing:
1. Breaking Bones
2. Under The Sun
3. Diamonds and Death
4. I Found A Reason
6. Watch Out
7. All Summer In A Day