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This is apparently the third EP by post-Total Control coldpoppers Lace Curtain, but only the second that I've heard. There are four songs on here and they're all patiently-paced and understated chunks of synthpop somewhere between Hot Chip, New Order and Horrid Red. The latter band seem like a really obvious comparison because they started out in a post-punk band with a different name too.
The two sides of the record are quite different I think. On side A there are the two longest tracks but also the two poppiest, 'Lovers Fade' in particular being an effective mumble-soul ballad with huge-sounding synths and drums paired with breathy multitracked vocals and a cute little palm-muted guitar line, there's a real power-ballady plod to it that's weirdly motivational despite the weary-sounding vocal, it's emotional stuff and I like it.
Over on side B 'Fortress' starts out with a jittery hand drum beat and cosmic modular synths making for a tense and twitchy first half which unfolds into a crisp electro beat which develops with stomping assuredness into an hypnotic throb of bell chimes, synth drones and chant-like vocal mumbles on a bed of subtle plinks and bubbles and rattles. Excellent. Closer 'Unfortunate Life' is quality too, like Kraftwerk and Hot Chip going head-to-head in the battle of machine and repetitive man. It's the cheeky but simple synth work that makes this one such a gem. Nod your head into infinity.
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