9/10 Mike Staff review, 17 April 2014
I’m liking this single from Brisbane’s Multiple Man. On the A side is ‘Guilt Culture’, a paranoid pop gem built around echo-treated spoken vocals, ominous synth drones, pumping sci-fi drum machines. There’s some kind of backing vocals, I can’t figure out if they’re a sample or not, but they’re kind of a disembodied choir hanging low in the mix - early on they’re doing a weird moaning thing and then this bright synth comes in with some Italo-horror arpeggios and they start chant-singing but it’s so muddy and distant you can’t really make out what they’re saying. It contrasts really effectively with the singer’s deep and echoey voice, which is kind of Teenage Panzerkorps meets ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’.
‘Boiling Down’ on the other side is good too, a coldly industrial instrumental where weirdly shifting synths modulate and phase queasily around a big aggressive bass drum heavy beat. It’s reminding me of Total Control in that it’s pulsating Aussie synthpunk that’s as confusing as it is awesome, but on this side with the vocals out of the way it’s also got a bit of a Golden Teacher-ish danciness to it. Both these new 7”s on Detonic are awesome, and by the look of it they’re the first two on the label. Where has this label appeared from and when will they give us more? Consider my appetite well and truly whetted.
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