Title - ‘White Noise’ (Astralwerks)
Artist - Alpinestars
B.A.S.I.C, their debut album from 2000, leant a little too heavily on the established pillars of Krautrock, but White Noise rejects such an abstract approach in favor of actual songs, beckoning vocals into the mix - notably, "Carbon Kid," which features guest vocals from Placebo frontman Brian Molko. This truly is one of the great surprises of 2003. I took a leap of faith and asked my Editor to take this home to review and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a massive mix of electronic music with real instruments – enough to keep it a tad rough around the edges. Some might hear influences of New Order or Monaco. Either way it's a great CD from a band that are on the rise, album by album!