EP II follows on, naturally enough, from EP I, which released for Record Store Day and didn’t hang around long. Power Glove make electronic music that is weighty on the 1980’s cultural influences (I mean they are named after a Nintendo accessory…). Out on Invada, pressed to red vinyl.
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You guessed it, it’s the 2nd EP from Power Glove! I don’t actually know who they are, was just spelling out the title for you. Apparently, they’re the Melbourne duo responsible for the Far Cry 3 soundtrack, which my brother played insane amounts of until he realised that you just do the same thing over and over. Kill animals, skin them, kill humans, skin them (lies), capture outpost, repeat. This release is an extension of their game soundtrack work, I mean, one of the tracks is called ‘Motorcycle Cop’ for crying out loud.
They’re channeling serious 80s thumping, classic synth action here. ‘Punker’ gets the arcade pumping after the title screen (‘Insert’) with big & slow electro drum smacks and swelling, shiny synth textures with much pitch bend abuse. The track slows down with a halftime beat at around half time, disappearing into a muffled cloud before the main beat segues back in for the final cadence. ‘E240’ features a more OTT take on the vocal chopping of Synkro, the tune as a whole being a slow post-RnB schmoozer, nowhere near the 80s or Nintendos. So you think it’s a loose assortment of things, eh? ‘Grip’ squeezes that thought out of you, with a feel similar to ‘Punker’ but more housey and with the same sort of 2011 post-dubstep chords and vox clips as ‘E240’. They’ve got a strange assortment of sounds, it’s like John Carpenter collaborated with Dauwd then got remixed by several electro bigwigs. I like it, old and new, reinvention and all that.
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