LP £14.49 MF064
LP on Monofonus Press.
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Austin's synth upstarts Survive are back this week, much to my delight, with this new EP on Monofonus Press featuring three quite lengthy tracks. On the first side they take a departure from the melodic and beat-driven material of their previous records in favour of a passage of ominous deep space drone ambience in 'Turing Test'. Lots of slowly swelling, wobbling synth drones, metallic scrapes and overhead-wire buzz melt together in a procession of hums and rumbles and grates and squeaks which reminds me of a busier take on fellow Texan Kosmonaut's slower paced and more cosmic output. It's a soothing but also slightly claustrophobic cut with increasingly aggressive discordant swells and a weird percussive chitter under everything like some loose wires blowing against a big metal canister. Gritty, sinister and slow-moving.
The B side has more of the rhythmic backbone you would expect from this lot, however (the press release and sleeve both proudly proclaim that they're using a KR55). First there's 'Parousia' which is a triumphant '80s soundtrack type number with a pulsating chord sequence and bright, present melodic theme along with some subtle bubblings and whooshings. Finally 'Short Hour' is more understated, opening with a stop-start staccato bass buzz in time with the drum machine before some glassy droneswells open the sound up and the bass loosens out and is joined by a fast-paced chirrupping melody. The coldness of the beat gives it a bit of a techno feel which is pleasantly offset by all the live synth action. So this EP has two head-nodders of the kind you'd expect from Survive and one wild-card bit of cosmic ambience. Solid.
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