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I’ve not come across this Population band but I trust HoZac so I’m giving it a go! They’re peddling some kind of synthy ‘80s teen movie angle on goth-punk. Opener ‘White Crosses’ is full of yelpy Cureisms but with a bit of Les Savy Fav angularity and a simple, repetitive bassline that makes me think of Teenage Panzerkorps. Sadly the second track over-eggs things a bit like the Psychedelic Furs trapped in a melodramatic angst-ridden perpetual adolescence, although there’s something strangely seductive about it even though it’s silly and sloppily delivered, although I will concede “I can’t figure out why I don’t dislike this more” isn’t a great selling point. Perhaps it’s a grower, it makes me think of Merchandise’s attempts at a similar 21st century new wave post-punk sound and I didn’t warm to them immediately either.
Side B is taken up by a single song, ‘Ontology’, which is a skeletal bit of balladeering which sounds an awful lot like Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet crooning over some spindly early Cure backing. This is much more like it! I wasn’t crazy about that second song but the other two are strong and two out of three ain’t bad, as they say.
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