ALBUM REVIEW: AXLS – First Contact | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 30.01.20







Choosing to take a less-trodden path, the debut from Newcastle trio AXLS is an ambitious attempt to take a ‘cosmic’ 80’s synth/electro/pop sound and mix it with a high brow concept of alien contact.  

The success of First Contact is in its ability to maintain a clear narrative whilst moving through a variety of musical textures. Led by a pop/dance/electro sound (seen clearest on pop hits such as Snow Blind, Alias and Integration), which glisten with Neil Tennant style melodies and Chris Lowe keyboard effects, album standout Heaven is a deliciously slow, moving piece of minimalism. Cleverly hiding modern references in its sci-fi theme, First Contact succeeds on so many levels; the most obvious being that it’s a piece of perfect pop music.


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