Article By: Zack Cohen
LCD Soundsystem will be returning to Colorado on January 25th to perform a set of three shows for The X-Games and Belly Up Aspen. This marks the second set of Colorado shows since the group played a magical show at The First Bank Center back in November. LCD has been touring behind their new album American Dream for the past year. American Dream has been very well received by LCD fans and fits in perfectly along with the rest of their discography.
What was at one point unfathomable became reality when LCD Soundystem announced that they would be getting back together in 2015. After what was set to be the final show in 2011, LCD Soundsystem said their goodbyes to a sold-out Madison Square Garden and walked off the stage for the last time with their heads held high. Apparently, James Murphy, front man and mastermind behind the band missed the spotlight. In 2016, the Brooklyn natives announced that they would return to the stage kicking off what was then called a reunion with headlining Coachella Music Festival. This past September, LCD Soundsystem fans were pleased to hear that the post-punk pioneers would be releasing their fourth and most anticipated studio album after a five-year hiatus, American Dream.
To put it simply, this album is incredible. It draws upon everything that encapsulates the LCD Soundsystem sound. Funky, eclectic, electronic, punky, and even weird in some cases, it feels as if LCD Soundsystem picked up just where they left off and returned with a newfound sense of maturity. The music is still there, but the members have gotten older and with the time that has passed, they have matured. They are no longer the thriving independent artists they once were. With this return, the members of the group have proved themselves as well seasoned veterans of the music industry. While working on American Dream, they had every available resource at their disposal and truly took advantage to craft a modern masterpiece.
The first track, “oh baby”, builds up slowly with modulated hi-hats and the classic LCD synth tones. You cannot help but imagine it being played to sold-out stadium audiences. If you’re a longtime fan, you may start to tear up as the song progresses. If you are a new listener, you may smile. The rest of the album flows nicely into classic post-punk drum beats accompanied by the iconic James Murphy conversational lyrics and a vast array of both sampled and self-produced synth tones. The capstone song, “how do you sleep?”, pulls together modern dubstep or trap basslines with an eerie string section and heavily reverberated lyrics, while echoing influences from what sounds like The Cure’s, “In the Hanging Garden” and Gang of Four’s iconic album, Entertainment. Needless to say, American Dream is an instant classic and the perfect album for what may be the most important group of the 2000’s to return with.