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Return of London-based industrial duo, brothers Edward and Peter Simpson aka Circuit Breaker. This is their first release on vinyl and the band have been receiving some rave reviews, noteably from wibbly mentalist Julian Cope, who praised the "stark, tripped-out songs, alienated lyrical content and old synthesizer technology." For fans of the most primitive of industrial sounds, post punk and degenerate electronica. 

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TV012 by Circuit Breaker
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 15 August 2014

Here's a new five-song EP by Circuit Breaker, who've already got a tape out on Tombed Visions. They're a duo of brothers from London, Edward and Peter Simpson, and they play cold minimal synthpop on vintage synth and electric guitar. The end result sounds like late '70s synth experiments laced with early '80s post-punk alienation.

The general formula remains pretty similar throughout - a thudding minimal drum machine beat and simple looped electronic melody are overlaid with buzzy, shuddering electric guitar drones and simple winding melodies while a cold, slightly John Lydon-ish voice rants over the top. It doesn't get samey though, and actually the songs are really compelling, with a slightly freeform feel which makes it unclear how much has been written already and how much they're just feeling their way through. They do change things up a little on closer 'Body', though, with a strummy acoustic guitar, sung vocals and lively synth plinking, it's almost a pop song in a Bunnymen/Cure kind of way. Really interesting EP, I hope to hear more from these two in the future.


  • TV012 by Circuit Breaker


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