Label
Too Pure / Beggars
Release date
10 May 2005
Running length
17 tracks
Running time
69:46

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 One Two Three Lots 1:44 7,260
2 Bells 4:38 20,639
3 Two for Joy 5:59 16,533
4 if not now when 5:47 6,663
5 Eights Steps 5:01 7,174
6 Gone Darker 7:05 13,618
7 atoms tomb 2:08 7,251
8 Business or Otherwise 1:34 11,295
9 Those Pockets Are People 5:03 12,837
10 The Partisan 2:33 13,683
11 I Keep Losing Heart 3:41 14,130
12 Come Back 0:07 581
13 Suitcase 9:47 11,739
Atom’s Tomb 2:08 1,570
Eight Steps 4:59 14,676
One, Two, Three, Lots 1:44 9,890
If Not Now, When? 5:48 14,993

About this album

Axes is the third album by English rock group Electrelane.

For the mostly instrumental album, Electrelane once again returned to Steve Albini’s studio in Chicago. In the first recording session for Axes, the band played through the entire album in one take. This reflected the band’s desire to have listeners of the album experience the band’s live show. Emma Gaze explained the album was recorded “the way we rehearse and practise: we all stand in a circle and it is very relaxed. Our previous recording experiences have been with the bass in one room, the drums in a different room, the two guitarists in a different room and then the vocals are done afterwards. Obviously it works like that because that is how most bands do it. But we just wanted it to sound more live; there is a different kind of energy that comes from playing in the same room.” Verity Susman said that “We see the record as a continuous piece of music, not a collection of songs. It also reflects the way we improvise, moving from one idea to the next without a clear break. It’s also how we play live.” The album was released on 9 May 2005 to mixed, but generally positive reviews.

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