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- Jehnny (Show Me The Moon) by Johnny Hostile
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Here’s producer to the stars (Savages) Johnny Hostile with his solo debut, and it’s a glacial bit of synthpop with post-punky undertones which often bring to mind a gothier version of Suicide, with his heavily reverbed vocals floating over simple, grinding beats and minimal droning synth melodies. I didn’t want to like it because he’s plastered his cheekboney face all over the sleeve and he calls himself Johnny Hostile which makes him sound like he works for Vice magazine or something, but actually ‘Jehnny (Show Me The Moon)’ isn’t so bad. I’d even go so far as to say that it’s quite strong in a John Maus meets Dead Can Dance kind of way.
Over on the flip ‘Del Rio’ is quite a different proposition altogether, with an interesting collection of layered rhythms, staccato white-boy funk guitar and what sounds like the strings of a piano being strummed like a harp - experimental! Actually this settles into a nice repetitive krauty groove and is even stronger than the A side according to both me and Phil. I didn’t expect to like this record but fair play to Mr Hostile, it’s actually quite good.
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