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Flash Fiktion - Leni / Science Of Sleep

by Clare Stemp Rating:5 Release Date:2010-08-23

This debut double a-side from Elephant and Castle dwellers Flash Fiktion has been packaged to fool us into believing it emerged from some profound ideas. From the striped, psychedelic faces of the band members and some lifeless children on the sleeve, to the explanation behind the lyrics to 'Science of Sleep': "It's about inventing language in your sleep…that idea of solipsism", expectations are raised. Then gently, yet thoroughly, lowered.

'Leni ' is a rawk number, using a mid-90s Supergrass style of indie vocal, a layered shout, with a few cheeky minor chords and a sliding riff thrown in for good measure. It's not as interesting as it's supposed to be. The chorus builds up to nothing very impressive, the brief riff is the most fun, energetic bit, and there's a 'Bohemian Rhapsody'-like music stops and vocals go all choral segment to throw in a little faux drama. Still, apparently the lead singer has been "dreaming of sailors", which is always exciting - hopefully he'll nick a more entertaining tune off one next time that happens.

'Science of Sleep' shows the band can also turn their hand to moody, pensive electro-rock, and is a better listen, but still not a massively engaging one. Encouragingly, the genre twists about along the way, with occasional Latin-inspired beats layered alongside some spooky horror organ sounds, which wouldn't go amiss in a Brazilian episode of Scooby Doo. Flash Fiktion clearly have the talent to experiment with their chosen song components, they just need to focus more on blending the right ones when it matters, and less on their 'outsider' image. Silly solipsists.

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