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- Part Time Punks Radio Sessions by HTRK / Tropic of Cancer
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This split features two sets of recordings from radio sessions but if blindfolded you wouldn’t know that they were anything else but studio recordings. The choice of bands to put together is also a good one, they complement and contrast perfectly. First up is HTRK, I’ve just read their back story...harrowing.
They produce a brand of music that is bleak, and murky but also very soothing. Using repetitive Joy Division style basslines as a base they add heavily effected guitars and Cocteau Twins drum machine to creak a swampy, swirly gothy brew which is quite delicious. On top Jonnine Standish adds her troubled but kind of sexy vocals that sit somewhere between a depressed Siouxsie Sioux and Kirsty Yates from the magnificent lost Insides. Each of their tracks is excellent in its own way, particularly the churning, ethereal opening couplet of ‘Fascinator’ and ‘Synthetik’.On the flip, Tropic of Cancer have a very similar aesthetic, to the point that if you weren’t listening properly (as I wasn’t yesterday) you could think it was the same band. Their compositions have all the same ingredients as HTRK but are more upbeat, vocals more buried and washed out - they have a more dream-pop style with nods towards AR Kane and (again) Cocteau Twins. This is an excellent 12” containing a handful of really top quality, slightly scary, late night swirling melancholy. Recommended.
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