In Review: Justice – Audio, Video, Disco [Album]

Four years on from their monster debut , Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay described their new release tittled Audio, Video, Disco as ‘an escape from the image of electronic night music’ and more of a ‘daytime in the countryside’ release.

The album has clear rock influences throughout; ‘’On ‘n’ On’’ screams Led Zeppelin with ‘’Kashmere’’ similarities, ‘’Parade’’ is an instrumental homage to Brian May with dueling guitars, ‘’Newlands’’ sounds like a mash-up of AC/DC with Air and ‘’Brianvision’’ is pure Iron Maiden.

[pullquote_right]With the difficult second album weight upon their shoulders, the boys have re-created their distinctive digital sound and composed a strong and more varied piece of work… with added ROCK![/pullquote_right]

What makes the record so smart and witty, is it’s ability to blend the influences of the modern digital dance age with the history of rock music. ‘’Horsepower’’, the albums intro, features fast-paced droning synthesizers with virtual strings, giving a cinematic and somewhat traumatic feeling of escape. ‘’Cannon’’ is a rip-roaring dance track with harmonized-arpeggiated synth lines backed with an explosive beat – proving Justice’s musical capability with pounding momentum.

‘’Helix’’ has the album moving back to the dance floor with pace and ferocity, featuring an incredible heart-thumping outro from the 3 minute mark. ‘’Civilization’’ (that features Ali Love as guest vocals), contains a sing-a-long chorus and a link between Cross and the new record.

WATCH: Justice – Audio, Video, Disco:

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Audio, Video, Disco is digitalized rock ‘n’ roll at it’s best: It has enough personality to stand amongst its giant predecessor, enough originality to stand out in the modern age of music, smart enough to please the snobbiest music fan and most importantly… it gets you moving!!!

Tom Harding

Writer for King Loaf & Alt Sounds