8/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 October 2013
This is the first of a series of records from China that we have somehow got into stock. I had no idea what to expect, having previously no clue what kind of music people from China would be making. I am pleasantly surprised by this album of eerie, icy post-punk. They have a very unique sound, based around pulsing bass and electronics, everything is dead quiet providing scary late night soundscapes. Vocals are English and consist of semi-robotic chants. Its very hard to easily find comparisons, certainly the kraut movements of PIL are brought to mind as are DAF (and probably several other abbreviated three letter names if I could care to think of them). Sometimes their sound is really disembodied and cold, at others such as ‘Flu’ the bass textures are wonderfully warm, bringing to mind a softer more fluid take on Joy Division. ‘Aphasia’ is similarly impressive with huge banks of dark synth joined by spindly post punk guitars and vocals like a marginally calmer Ian Curtis. Really unusual and really good.
10/10 Rick Maymi Customer review, 18th October 2013
Snapline's 'Phenomena' was created as a reaction to the finished product "Future Eyes" the album they had made just prior with producer Martin Atkins (PIL) They re-recorded the majority of that album for 'Phenomena'. Comparing the results, as much as I thoroughly enjoy 'Future Eyes', I have to say, I understand the difference in the band's vision and I am glad they were compelled to re-do some of the tracks. It relies less on production technique, and more on pure sound expression. The results: Absolute perfection! This band is a lovely blend of Waxtrax, the softer, more haunted side of Joy Division, Wire and the Silver Apples, DNA and the NY No-Wave scene. Put all of that in a blender in modern day Beijing, and you get Snapline! Li Weisi and Li Qing, both original members of Carsick Cars, left that band to do Snapline, and their other experimental side project, Soviet Pop full-time.
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