De Lux have announced the release of a new album Generation, due out on June 22 through Innovative Leisure (Tropics, Classixx, BADBADNOTGOOD). The band are trailing the announcement with new track ‘Someday Now’ listen BELOW.
On their 2014 debut album Voyage, De Lux- 24 year old Los Angeles natives Sean Guerin & Isaac Franco- learned how to take their influences and create a sound all their own—a synthesis of post-punk, disco, funk and synth wizardry that drew inspiration from the same combination of agitation and exhilaration that helped LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads deliver their unique brand of danceable social commentary. Now that they’ve found their sound, De Lux are creating a story to go with it on their new album Generation.
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Inspired by the infamously uncensored lyrics of punk performance artist Karen Finley, as well as the likes of David Byrne, ESG and Can – Generation is a darker album than Voyage, heavy on urban anxiety and audaciously candid. Over its eleven songs, the record charts the distance between childhood and adulthood, nostalgia and aspiration, and dream and reality, all with unflinching autobiographical detail (and with a secret nod to the Pokémon theme, too). The result is entirely unfiltered and fearlessly contemporary. From “Center of L.U.B”, a roller-skate jam that examines the ennui of the working man, to the satirical and harrowing “Oh Man The Future”, Generation is never one-note, an album about high highs, low lows and the vast space in between.
Stylistically, De Lux has advanced, too, folding styles as varied as krautrock, punk and Italo disco into their template. It may be a step forward for the band, but Generation isn’t a departure. This is De Lux going deeper, not farther away, and the result is electrifying.