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Split 12" on Robot Elephant.
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This split 12" here has two variations on dreamy synthpop on it. On side A Blue On Blue open with a kind of twinkly toytown thing that morphs into a free-churning nightmare of rattling bass and guitar drones and jazzy drum madness only to drop back into the music box prettiness, like a grimier, dirgier mix of Death & Vanilla and Broadcast. Proper dreamy.
Then things go a bit historical-fantasy with flutes and wheezing organ drones and grindy Godspeed strings and weird distorted harpsichord pling, then there's this cool little ascending synth line and some weird sub bass rumbling and then a load of staticky noise like a drill crossed with a pressure cooker. Following this they have the most straightforward synthpoppy number of their side 'Night Terrors', which has distorted vocals and weird percussive glitches. This one reminds me a little of Terror Bird; cool, nocturnal, minimal and a bit fucked up.
Over on the other side, Os Ovni I recognise from that other split they did on Clan Destine not too long ago. They kick things off in a positive way with the supremely woozy slice of summer pop that is 'Flash of Light', full of weird approximate melodies, rinky-dink drum machine, breathy call and response boy/girl vocals and bold buzzy synth tones. The haziness of it all is most reminding me of the last Wet Hair album 'Spill Into Atmosphere' that I listened to obsessively at the time; on one hand it's real fresh and summery, on the other it just sounds plain wrong, causing you to listen over and over to try and make sense of it. 'Holographic Dreams' ups the pace considerably with some panicky synth and drum machine madness with clouds of distorted noise shooting thunderbolts over it as it spits out quickfire almost gabber beats and the two singers hiss out their feverish repetitive chants.
As on the other side their final track is the most downbeat and conventional, but still very cool. Lots of wispy echoed vocals and glacially throbbing synths easing you back down to earth after the playful oddness of the preceding tracks. Really cool split, I enjoyed both sides.
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