To us, Detachments was a big surprise from the very first played. It is an amazing record that transports you to the best part of 80s' decade, with a particular flavour of late 70s' new wave bands (specifically the times of cold wave, minimal wave and new wave) where the music was pure inspiration, creativity and most of all 'emotion'. Their music takes over the work left by The Normal, Gary Numan, Cabaret Voltaire, and other great bans from that time.
Their obscure sound is also at times reminiscent of New Order and Joy Division and it had to be that way because the creative force behind Detachments, Sebastien Marshal comes from Manchester, the drummer Pete Dawson comes from Leeds, once the center of gothic music and Mark Three from London. The creative works of these talented musicians along with the producer James Ford is so powerful (with only one album and a few EPs) that we believe they can receive cult status if they remain productive.
In summary, this album surfs over electronic computer riffs, vocal effects, spacey synths, drum beats, screeching guitar and bass lines as those that sounded in the new wave clubs of the 80's, in addition to melancholic pieces of romanticism with a dark background which gives strength to each track.
It is a dance-rock album, with vital touches of bright electro pop, a record for exquisite ears that moves more than your feet, it moves your emotions.
Their single 'I Don't Want To Play' is also listed as the No.1 in KRR's BEST TRACKS OF 2010.
Plus, Detachments was the BEST NEW BAND for Kool Rock Radio in 2009 and their singles 'Circles' and 'The Flowers That Fell' were both number 1 in our Annual Chart the same year.
Our countdown of the albums we have loved the most in 2010 concludes with this top 10:
- DETACHMENTS - Detachments (Thisisnotanexit Records)
- O. CHILDREN - O. Children
- DELPHIC - Acolyte
- CARIBOU - Swim
- TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – Tourist History
- GOLDFRAPP - Head First
- ARCADE FIRE - Suburbs
- THE DRUMS - The Drums
- WILD NOTHING - Gemini
- TEARS RUN RINGS - Distance