Some retro modernity from Martial Canterel. Gyors, Lassú is a venture into the world of the analogue synthesizer. The New York native evokes the sounds of the 80's post-punk, new wave and electro-pop scenes. Imagine if Andrew Weatherall and Ian Dury scored the music to a sci-fi film in Salford - yes, I would love to hear that too. Out on vinyl LP from Dias.
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Disciples of early ‘80’s post punk and electronic darkness are going to have a field day here. This sounds like some relic dredged up from the dark recesses of cold wave but in fact its been made here and now in the internet age by Sean McBride, also known as one half of Xeno & Oaklander. It concentrates on the noisier end of synth music using big fuzzy Tubeway Army mega synth but writes infectious tunes around them. McBride’s voice too has the wracked pained delivery of the types of troubled young synth enthusiasts who made this stuff in the first place.
Opener ‘and I Thought’ is utterly superb with big clanking percussion and Numan-esque fuzzy synths fighting for space beneath McBride’s deadpan delivery. Somewhere between ‘Construction Time Again’ era Depeche Mode, John Foxx synth experiments and the early unpolished Human League this is a veritable feast of synth music - the cold wave sound of the first two tracks blend nicely in to the jittery synth of ‘Baltic Coast’ which sits perfectly between ‘Dignity of Labour’ era Human League and Squarepusher.
There’s nothing new going on here but this is a perfect replication done with energy and panache.
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