Two Door Cinema Club Shines On "Beacon"
After a resounding success with "Tourist History" in 2010, Two Door Cinema Club was expected to make a come back with an album as electrifying as the first one, if not more so.
The Irish alteronica band finally released their second album "Beacon" last Tuesday and it sounds like their electric pop remains ready to move people's feet.
With the help of producer Jacknife Lee in Los Angeles, the three band members Sam Halliday, Alex Trimble and Kevin Baird were able to take their music signature to another level.
On top of the electronic guitar and the pop-dance beats we were used to hearing on their first album, a variety of other instruments allowed new dimensions of the great ensemble and unique atmospheres to stand out from each one of "Beacon's" tracks. It is very pleasant to be able to recognize TDCC's expanded potential through a second round.
Released on July 21, 2012, "Sleep Alone" became Beacon's lead single. With an accentuated pop beat, "Sleep Alone" sounds a bit like something off of their first album and became a smart choice to successfully introduce TDCC's fan base to this new set of tracks.
Most of their new songs sound like the band finds inspiration in soft intros and verses leading to the louder beats of the drums and the faster rhythm of guitars.
The opening track of "Beacon," called "Next Year," refreshes the fans' ears with Trimble's later vocals when he starts singing over a guitar and drums. It almost sounds like MGMT married The Killers.
Moving on to the second song of the album, these artists' influences still resonate a bit. The chorus becomes a trigger to moving feet. "Wake Up" combines TDCC's usual electronic rock with a new punk tint added to their music, making it a very surprising song to listen to.
The two highlights of the album are found in "Sun" and "Pyramid." The first one is a little more acoustic than the rest of the album. The introductory instrumental ensemble chanting the melody accompanied by Trimble is followed by a swinging chorus meant for the crowd to sing along when performed live.
"Pyramid" stands out from the rest of the album as well thanks to this tribal ambiance played with a guitar and a rocking bass in the beginning. Here is another change of rhythms and pitches within the song expressing an emotion of determined freewill.
Today, TDCC is a worldwide-reknowned band that met their fan-base expectations with this second album release. If the local DJs don't mix and match some of their new songs for the clubs' dance floors, the live performances will probably be sold out in a few days so watch out for TDCC's stop in town.