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I’ve not heard either of these bands yet but I’m rarely disappointed by anything Carl Clandestine puts out on his excellent label. There was a wonderful four-way split between Ela Orleans/Dirty Beaches/Slim Twig/U.S. Girls a few weeks ago that Mike and Brian were really into, controversially giving it album of the week over Swans’ new endurance test while Phil’s back was turned...
Anyway, this is is a split between Os Ovni and Twins, both new names to me. On the Os Ovni side we’ve got some shimmering minimal synthpop with blurred, detached boy/girl vocals that’s got a bit of a dreamy Peaking Lights vibe to it but it’s got a shimmering coldwave starkness to it as well, particularly effective when rubbing up against the aching wistfulness of the Carpenters’ ‘End of the World’ on the cover that closes the side.Flip it and Twins (Matt Weiner of duo Featureless Ghost) has some minimal post-punk synthpop which is spacious and impassioned and kind of reminds me of a more lo-fi Cold Cave with almost Morrissey-esque crooning in places over bleak Depeche Modeisms...which looks bad on paper but actually sounds pretty good! It’s a murky robotic retro-futurist pop sound that’s soulful but also slyly fun. More quality cuts from one of our favourite labels.
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