Brickburner is the experimental electronica project of Brian Younker and Jason LaFay, who after forming in 2003 went about trying to create music which expressed their theories on cultural politics. Inspired by band such as Joy Division, Gang of Four and Cabaret Voltaire, this their debut release "The Future Doesn't need us" is an accomplished album which is incredibly progressive in some if its ideas, and yet also embraces all that has happened over the last 50 years in the evolution of electronica music.
I think that vocally their message gets slightly lost amongst the distorted bass lines, and harsh square tooth waves. The chanted vocal phrases which I found reminiscent of recent bands such as The Rapture quickly become repetitive, and aren't very clear of what the words are. On tracks such as "Struggling Actor" the lyrics are delivered with such passion that they must be very important statements, but the delivery means that you can only pick out certain phrases. "I'm a struggling actor out of work" is repeated and becomes tiresome after a while.
I would recommend this album to those with an open mind and a must for those into experimental electronica music. Not an album to dance to in creation with the Topshop-clad masses, but a very interesting debut.