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- Celestial Joy by Horrid Red
9/10 Mike Staff review, 05 January 2012
Holidays Records are one of the labels who are totally coming up with the goods right now, and it's always an exciting (and costly) day for me when we some we get something new in from them. The packaging is always so bold and mysterious but most importantly the music it contains more often than not turns out to be worthy of such care and attention. This one here has a vivid red card inner sleeve which looks well classy. Anyway, enough about the cover, Horrid Red are an offshoot of underrated post-punk/kraut weirdos Teenage Panzerkorps and so they've got my full attention from the outset here! On this album they rein things in from the psychedelic kraut madness of TPk and opt for a more '80s post-punk/synthpop approach. The percussive German-language vocals are still present in the fore but the tunes are more synth-led and less shambling, but with the same attention to tonal detail that sets apart their other band. You can clearly hear Wire and The Cure influences running right through this, sometimes maybe even the Pet Shop Boys, but there's a clever modern muckiness about these familiar sounds and this record is just dripping with personality and variety and tunes whipped out so casually you're not sure if the band even realise how good they are. Fans of post-punk in the vein of Joy Division or Ice Age take note, these guys are up to something special.
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