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Hello. You have thirty minutes to move your cube. In the meantime, listen to ‘My Cube’, by Cube, possibly about cubes. This is their very first LP but unlike a baby’s first steps it is not at all adorable, instead pushing distorted synth-punk through a lens of unkind noise and dance miniatures. Their press release name-checks Total Control and Container, which is a sound soup I love the idea of: the former is Iron Lung Records’ answer to a-Ha and the latter is a needlessly noisy techno man. Together they might actually add up to Cube, which both feels like a punk disco and a full on ear blast.
What I’m saying is this is a party for many of you, in that it blends a lot of the more microscopic approaches to electronics, those that might inform a slight coldwave record, with a harsher interface. “Private” is a lovely groove with a simple kick and a siren motif, but it eventually gets enveloped with a warped, off-kilter piano melody a la Tim Hecker, looped into the mix with zero acknowledgment of the contradictions.
At some point you’re just gonna start enjoying this record for the party it is -- its crushing, lo-fi aesthetic only seems to add to the fun. It goes with the flow of that disco-droned Gate record that came out earlier this year, in that it seems to subdue its rhythmic impulses only so you listen for them more. Really, really fun stuff, with plenty of twists and turns I’m too rude to describe to you here.
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