Third and apparently final album from Walls, an electronic duo who have always been good at mining the territory that lies between ambient-synthscapes and outright technoid dance music. Urals is very accomplished stuff, icy in that beloved synth-led coldwave way, but also maintaining a pleasing warmth. CD or white vinyl on Ecstatic Recordings.
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Walls are neither the sausage people nor the ice cream people (in fact are they the same people?) but a cold-wave duo out of Italy now onto their third and last (it says here) album. I’m sorry to break it to you. Anyway they look to be going out on a high with an album of pulsating krautronics that’s as grey and concrete-like as the grey sleeve. They use banks of synths to create teutonic looped music that nods back towards Vangelis and Moroder and forward to a time when we’ll all live on the moon. The fizzing forward movement of ‘Urals’ is followed by the rhythmic squelsh-a-thon that is ‘Moon Eye’ which like its predesessor is driven along by a 4/4 beat.
Overleaf ‘Voluta’ introduced some dreamy guitar to the mix and its warmth is much needed amongst the icy cold synths, whilst the remainder of the album veers between Steve Moore-ish bubble-tronica (‘Tongue Pad’) Moroder disco (I Can Only Give You Anything But Love’ and the glorious Eno-ish ambience of impressively dreamy closer ‘Radiance’. One for you synth lovers out there and nice and varied throughout.
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