Peter Hope of The Box first teamed up with David Harrow, who had previously worked with Anne Clark, in 1985 to make the 'Sufferhead' EP. Over 30 years later, Hope and Harrow bestow upon us 'Blue Electric', an avant-garde but beat-driven collection. Harrow provides the Sheffield funk and Hope's spoken nocturnal creep settles right down in the sleazy synth grooves. Neues CD von Klanggalerie.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 18 August 2016
Not the first time they’ve got together, but here’s next chapter in the musical marriage of David Harrow’s synthetic exercises and the cold spoken vocals of past Richard H. Kirk collaborator / Exploding Mind man Peter Hope.
Judging by Hope’s past work you’d expect this to be a lot more stark and thin than it is, but perhaps it’s the presence of Harrow behind the machines that drops some welcome colour into the mix. It creates quite a strange contrast; Hope breathes on about maniacs in charge and boiling seas while a peaceful synth merrily arpeggiates little blips in the background. It’s this that can make or break it for you - some will want strictly EBM / industrial dirges underneath their blokey subversive chat, some will welcome the melodics with open ears.
Weirdly enough, it makes me think of the music of Faithless or Massive Attack if they’d been born 10 years on and the midwife was a Juno 106. May have just committed reviewer suicide, forgive me. I didn’t live the ‘80s, I’m still trying to work out what EBM stands for. Maybe comparing it to Baron Mordant aka Ian Hicks aka half of eMMplekz is more accurate, but without much deadpan tongue-in-cheek action. Truth is, I’m not a huge fan of the synth/beat backdrop, but that’s another story for another time. If you’re a post-80s murkster who needs a bit of sparkle, get on this.
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