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Canada’s Electric Voice Records (is that a Haack reference?) are dedicated to documenting the current state of affairs in contemporary pop, and they’ve painstakingly crafted this 2LP compilation to showcase their output and shine a spotlight on the marvellous cross-section of modern synthetic pop and coldwave in 2012, with plenty of newer artists like D’eon, Pink Playground, The KVB and Innergaze rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ariel Pink & R Stevie Moore’s cheeky ‘Dutch Me’ as well as offerings from the likes of Jeff & Jane Hudson and HTRK and a few people I’ve never even heard of (Femminielli, anyone? Grand Trine? Catbag?).
There’s quite a consistent aesthetic that runs through the collection, though, and the tracks have been well sequenced so none of them seem out of place. D’eon’s stutter’n’drift clickfest ‘Transparency Part III’ is arresting, ‘Innergaze’’s modern house-funk has a 100% Silky future-retro bounce and HTRK’s minimal thriller ‘Panties’ not only impresses but features the Birthday Party’s late great Rowland S Howard on guitar, while highlights on the second disc include the epic layered dream-drift of Pink Playground and the great one-two shot at the end that sees murkwave champs The KVB followed by a metronomic closer from TPk’s synthy offshoot Horrid Red, ‘Coloured Lights Part II’, which is a distant, whispery take on a song I’m familiar with in a more robustly-delivered version. It’s very effective and, since I’m already a fan, is a lovely little treat to tie up the album with. If you’re into modern synthetic DIY pop then you’ll find plenty to impress you on here.
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