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Mad assed album this, loved it for the last two weeks. The main thing that captures you is the brooding apocalyptic nature of their music which weighs in some place between Crystal Castles, Schizo Fun Addict and early Holy Fuck. Live pulverising drums, eerie electronics, vintage synths and nightmare-ish effects-laden vocals result in a strange alarming cacophony.
Bridging the fields of dark ambience, experimental electronics, improvised and blistering malevolent electro-rock, they're certainly not to everyone's tastes but are the most engaging and original act I've heard this January.
The main weapon they have on their side is "the groove" and this intermittent energetic pulse married with some kind of indecipherable mania. Songs will suddenly dissolve into dreamlike cosmic ambient interludes before creepy imaginings start to filter back in leaving you a little unsettled but nevertheless hugely engaged. It's Prog Ma, but not as the 70's "hairies" would have it.
A very strange and engaging record that will have you perplexed or delighted but hopefully both, this new sound of Minneapolis has no affinity with the old guard such as Husker Du. Theirs is a deranged futurist-overload world that has taken noise rock into ecstatic new realms that acts such as DD/MM/YYYY once attempted to coax us into.
If you want a bizarre ride into the unknown and enjoy the sound of abused synths, vocoder abuse and genuine creepscapes plunging your mind into a delightfully confused abyss then get involved. It's the most curious release Memphis Industries have ever put their name too and there's nary a dull moment in the often rhythmical chaos.
It's gonna turn some heads is this record but hopefully will excite enough folk to get the attention and kudos it deserves. Affection is probably an inappropriate term but I'm kind of fond of 'Oh My Sexy Lord as it holds no punches but has enough catchy shit going on to completely absorb you in an wild alien landscape in your mind for its demented duration.
All Hail the new weird Americana.
9/10 dave lazonby 17th January 2014i agree with brian on this one- ace album, like another dimensional pet shop boys
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