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Love Cult are back following a good LP on Public Information, but this time they're on Night School with a 12" EP which expands on their subtle, creeping weirdness. They inhabit a space in between the kind of mogadon driftstep peddled by the likes of Burial and the more dark ambient flavoured sitting-down music of Forest Swords or Horror Inc. Certainly opener 'Mise En Abyme' brings FS to mind instantly with its ghostly ambient drift, buried beats and chopped up vocal snippets. 'My Boy' moves the beat (somewhat reminiscent of Flat Eric) into the foreground and while the vocals are smeared against the windows in greasy translucent trails.
Turn it over for 'Lust Undone' and 'It's True'. The former involves looping drum pads haphazardly to create this weird stumbling beat with a weird shimmering synth sample cut up over it. Various other sonic elements are added over the course of the track but to be honest it's a bit of a disjointed and annoying listen when contrasted with the silky darkness which covers the rest of this EP. They were heading for a solid 8/10 until this happened. They totally get back on track with the closer, though, cheeky dubstep bass wibble, stop-start beats and a beguiling female vocal, heavily processed and mysterious - like The Knife in a dark, dubby K-hole. They almost ruin it with a couple of over-loud digi-noise attacks towards the end of the track which venture beyond pointlessness into the realms of full blown self-sabotage, but it's still a good track in the balance of things. A respectable EP, side A is definitely my favourite side.
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