The second album by Rubicks, The Rise of The Giddy, continues their electro sound with a few tricks up their sleeves, just to show they have a bit of range.

Although you could argue that there's not much variation in the album, it's the little changes in pace, and the sparse but tactful use of guitar, that adds so much to this new material.

After starting on a very electro mood with 'Is this love?', the pace changes (for the best) with 'Giddy up', the first track that really grips you. Sounding slightly retro, this song rests on the darker side of techno. You can feel the urgency of lead singer Vanessa Anne Redd while the bass and synth parts juxtapose the feeling. It's a happy track with desperate vocals.

It has to be mentioned that even if all the musicians have make a strong contribution to the sound of Rubicks, it's the voice of Vanessa Anne Redd that really sells them. The changes of pitch she manages in 'Surrender' are pretty cool and her dreamy delivery in 'Glory of the fall' is amazing, almost like a danceable version of Bat for Lashes.

But back to the music. Although whenever the “electro” genreis mentioned you think of happy tunes you can dance to, it seems that Rubicks missed that meeting (on purpose) and went for a seedier style. 'Black and Blue' and 'Wasted' feel like very dark (almost Gothic) songs, with 'Wasted' being dark in particular: there is this strange wail/scream that really catches you off-guard and it makes the song stand out. Very seedy indeed.

There's more user-friendly electro, though. ''Worship', 'Where you at' and the cool 'Intermezzo' are more akin to the tropes of the genre, with a few nuggets of experimentation added just to keep things interesting. 'Wonderland', the album closer, mixes a lot of the ideas previously shuffled around and feels like a small sampler of the styles Rubicks can pull off. Decent album closer.

The Rise of the giddy is a very solid sophomore album for Rubicks, who can hopefully transcend all the other electro bands, and get picked for some high profile stuff. They certainly show they have the chops to do something different