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This LP I'm reviewing now is the latest from Great Pop Supplement offshoot Deep Distance, but I'm challenging myself to write some reviews without looking at the press releases this week so you'll have to look there for yourself if you want the facts.
Anyway, the opener - the snappily titled '2-CT-TC-7' - is a right corker and after a couple of plays through it's the highlight of the whole LP for me. It opens with a nice puttering drum groove and a round little bassline and some sweet little synth drones as well as some more shuddery ones which follow the drum rhythm, and it subtly speeds up and some shakers come in and the bassline and drones intensify in a grandiose analogue churn with sweeping brassy-sounding chordswells. It's almost James Bond-esque.
After that, though, things change tack and head into more of a head-noddy synthkraut area full of warm hypno-rhythms and cool robotic layers of melody, bringing to mind the likes of Warm Digits or Jonas Munk with a touch of Neu! The obvious relish the band take in building these synthscapes gives it a real immediate charm all the way through as they deftly weave their synths together in glorious layers almost like a repeato take on Apparat Organ Quartet's joyous multi-synth business, although later on in the album they take the pace down a notch and the tone darkens somewhat with some deep spacey drones and moodier grooves, but even in its more downbeat moments this is a constantly simmering record full of hypno beats and burbling basslines and all the synth you can eat.
Fans of krauty psychedelia should get in there while this is still there to be got.
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