EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING - RUSH TO RELAX LP
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING “RUSH TO RELAX”
Inspired by this unseasonal warmth we’re going to divert from current affairs, take a little trip down memory lane and feature a record that still generates a lot of discussion around the proverbial water cooler down here at Lulu’s HQ.
If you follow this page chances are you are familiar with ECSR in one way or another (if not hit that self titled LP ASAP) and their third LP had always felt slightly overshadowed by the anthemic behemoth PRIMARY COLOURS (little trivia for those playing at home: which President was gifted an iPod containing ‘Which Way To Go’?) but we’re here to argue that RUSH TO RELAX is an equally essential record.
A masterful mixture of angular motorik rave ups, power pop throw backs and that trademark riffing that set the blueprint for much of what was to come this record finds the band experimenting with their collective identity and delving into the depths.
Look beyond the surface and there is a melancholic existential dread to this record.
Still very much grounded in minimalism and repetition there is an extra level of aggression, melodic interplay that pushes into uncharted territory and the shifts in lyrical tones make it all the more the intriguing.
Whether you take it at face value or go a little deeper RUSH TO RELAX is essential listening and a perfect swan song (?) by one of the greats.
Hot tip - if it didn’t click with you the first time around check that AARGHT cassette reissue. Adds more dirt and grit and is hotly contested amongst the Lu Crüe as potentially the definitive version of this gem. Cast your vote.
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