After an all-conquering, end-of-year-lists dominating 2007 for math-champs Battles, the arse end of 2008 was always bound to spit out more than its share of manically angular post-rocking clones. Antipodean Warp-signed trio Pivot, as previously mentioned whilst caught glowingly live, proved one of the few certainties to avoid the inevitable cull. Not only because their album of that year O Soundtrack My Heart was compelling listening but for the simple fact that they were concocting their own mixture of electronics, bounding post-rock and subtle grooves when their more-recognised New York labelmates were still in short trousers.
Formed initially as a fraternal two-piece (now enlargened to three) in 1999 between Laurenz and Richard Pike (a stand in for Euan McGregor on Attack of the Clones, we’re told), Pivot are agonisers for specifics. Like compatriots The Avalanches, only one long-player (2005’s Make Me Love You) emerged from a lengthy gestation period yet the relatively sharpish three year gap to O Soundtrack... was shown not be taken as a sign of less attention being poured over detail.
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Did someone call Beach House underwhelming last week? Not terrifically arresting live, was it? Who, me? Naah. Really? Well in that case Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, you are owed an apology. The Baltimorian pair were in fact terrifically arresting tonight...
O Soundtrack My Heart is the first international release from Australian electro noise mongers Pivot since being snapped up by Warp earlier this year (apparently after a very enthusiastic offer of a sixteen-album deal), and for the most part, it does their talents justice.