In Stone is the third album from a band evidently very fond of things extracted from the ground, Bronze. Actually, what they really like is synthesisers, especially when they are tethered to psychedelic grooves. This is a sonically dense set of songs for synth-heads who like to space out (and maybe dance a bit). LP on Burka For Everybody.
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I don’t know who these guys are but they have a lot of rings on their fingers. A quick glance at our release pages shows that this is their third album and that they are San Fran-based synth merchants. Opener ’Two Things to Know’ seems to be only the album solely to get all their synth twiddling out the way before they get started. ‘Inane’ is driven by krauty drums and buzzing, circling synthesiser, the vocals are in the slightly robotic style as used by new-wavers all over the world but the tone and diction kind of reminds me weirdly of Nico. In fact this track reminds me totally of Nico despite using totally different ingredients.
It’s worth at this point bringing up the Silver Apples. ‘Maniac’ for example uses the exact same mixture of oddball pop and wild synth experimentation that Simeon and pals utilise. Flip over and there’s an album highlight in ‘Everyday Sculptures’ which has the droning hypnotic rhythms of ‘Flowers of Romance’-era PIL. But generally, it’s disconcerting math synth rock in a Liars style (thanks Phil) . Not completely palatable but interesting and will appeal to synth/kraut heads.
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