Ghostland Observatory 

Robotique Majestique (Trashy Moped)

Ever since The Darkness believed in a thing called love, it seems every genre wants to get a piece of the Freddie Mercury reincarnation. Ghostland Observatory brings the darker side of Queen to electronica (think dance club remixes of ‘Death On Two Legs’), with moody lyrics and wicked beats. Vocalist Aaron Behrens and drummer Thomas Turner have described their sound as “a robot making love to a tree,” but when the Austin natives somehow combine androgynous Blood Brothers emo, classic rock bombast, and even some raging Zach de la Rocha moments in the hysterical ‘HFM’, a more intricate analogy is demanded. Armed with Behren’s volatile pipes, Ghostland’s third album might be stronger if they skipped instrumental tracks like ‘Club Soda’ and ‘Holy Ghost’, which lose the usual razor-sharp edge. For the most part, though, Robotique Majestique, mastered by Nilesh Patel (Daft Punk, Depeche Mode), has as much bite as ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, and then some.

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