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Well this is pretty frickin’ exciting! Two of Glasgow’s creative underground heavyweights Joel Stone (ex-Shitdisco) and Andy Brown (ex-Divorce, current Remember Remember drummer) buddy up to present their own take on the fetishistic genre known informally as retro-futurism.
Debut EP ‘Polygon Mountain’ contains four examples of how drums and a few kick ass arpeggios played on a bunch of tasty old synths (and probably some creative use of digital equipment too...come on, it’s 2014...i ain’t taking my Juno 60 to Nice’n’Sleazy’s m8) can sound better than anything ever written...ever. I exaggerate slightly but I’m genuinely surprised by the mileage artists are getting from this stark, brooding “soundtrack to a non-existent film” stuff. Personally I’m keen, Moroder and Carpenter are gods to me so obviously I’m first in line for this little beauty and I can only hint at how jealous I am...wish someone would make music like this with me (cry me a river).
Anyway, the work of Steve Moore and Majeure, especially in their collaborative state as Zombi, is probably the best point of reference for this material but obviously the like of Mododer, Carpenter and Claudio Simonetti are the classic comparisons. What pleases me most about this EP it that they’re not trying to reinvent the wheel or fuck with perceptions, they’re just writing strong, melodic material that respects the boundaries of the genre and has as much fun with the language as they can.
It’s an awesome debut that’s well worth a listen. Closing track ‘Bismuth’ is worth the $$$ alone.
10/10 Al T Customer review, 5th March 2014
Pure synth porn! With the John Carpenter/Alan Howarth vibe, cuddling up cosily with the classics of French electoronica, in fact this could very well be it's bastard son. Driving beats with undulations of keyboard wizadry, to keep the head bobbing and the cerebral senses sparkling. OK, thats enough bullshit. If it's still available (there were only 250 copies pressed) then buy, if they're gone, tough shit! Stop Press: Just noticed they are indeed out of 'em, try elsewhere coz this is ace!
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