Engineers - In Praise of More
Londoners Engineers have reshuffled their deck since 2009’s Three Fact Fader, the long-delayed follow up to their much-hyped 2005 self-titled debut. Out go a couple of founder members, Dan McBean and Andrew Sweeney, in comes German boffin of dreamy electronica Ulrich Schnauss.
Shoegaze obsessives – and you rarely meet a casual shoegazer – will be salivating at the prospect of such a match-up, and probably won’t be disappointed by In Praise of More, as Schnauss’s twinkling atmospherics waft between towering, MBV-alike guitar washes and Simon Phipps’ barely-there vocals. Everyone else may shrug at a set that, however luscious, lacks enough emotion and oomph to feel more vital than it does merely revivalist.