INBORN - En Vogue

Inborn - En Vogue

4 (+1) songs
16:52 (+3:27) minutes
***** ***
Ashcan

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It’s been three years since their second album Chef d’Oeuvre, and I admit that at times I counted myself among those that believed another hopeful local band had disappeared for good. But Inborn prevailed, despite having spent time apart form each other due to studies constraints, and are now back more vital than ever.

Their new EP’s title En Vogue is already a strong sign that the band is anything but modest. They were already quite ambitious in their early teenage years, and haven’t changed that part of their attitude ever since. Gone are the days of lengthy alt rock excursions full of noisy rock guitars. The four new songs show a rejuvenated band that has discovered the feverish disco elements of the Eighties. They incorporate these nowadays once again fashionable elements into an otherwise strongly guitar dominated sound, add some psychedelic textures and bizarre effects, restrict it to concise structures, to come up with fresh sounding songs that have all it takes to make their mark on the twenty-first century map of rock music.

As in the past, the vocals still stand out in the dense wall of sound generated by the quartet, refusing steadfastly to give up their hypnotic quality. Some have seen parallels to Placebo, which makes sense, even though Inborn sound definitely weirder.

The first two tracks, Scientology Took My Baby Away and There’s A Discotheque Betwees Us, show the band from their harder side. Things become much more interesting with Typewriter Mannequin with its strangely melancholic mood and some amazingly mathy guitar work. The concluding Disco Technotopia is equally great with its pounding bass line and mystic atmosphere. As a bonus, purchasers of En Vogue can download Trash Is The New Glam, a song recorded too recently to make it on the EP and showing an even dancier side of Inborn. I just don’t understand why the MP3 file comes with a mere 160kbps bitrate. Apart from that, things are quite rosy for Inborn, and I hope that they continue in the vein of the last two tracks that are truly among the finest ever recorded by a band from Luxembourg.

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