New on the ever prolific and ever popular Polytechnic Youth is this project from French musician and photographer Isthmael Baudry. Here he fluctuates between the type of icy synth pop found on early Mute records and the post industrial clatter of Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. Expect lots of synths.......wibbling rhythmically.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 04 August 2017
For those as clueless to music as I, Morphoex is a human named Isthmail Baudry in charge of a bunch of bleeping and thumping machines, here with a new album about the hypocrisy of the freedom of the USSR. Fair enough. It’s on that Polytechnic Youth, who is the same guy as Deep Distance which is something I just learned from a customer. You lot are good, aren’t you. I did wonder why all their sleeves were of the same ilk.
So far, it’s like the sort of lo-fi melodic techno with industrial hints, exactly the kind of thing you’d expect from an album called ‘Soviet System’. Synths hit slightly out of tune, the snares are off-time, the textures are muted rather than bright. It’s sort of Pye Corner Audio meets Ekoplekz meets industrial electro? I’ve run out of names. But yeah, the floaty, break-y patterns of the first tune give way to the steadily chugging 4x4 of second track ‘UFO’, the hit single I guess.
Things start to get weirder, the tempo slowing down and the dissonance rising, including chromatics, abrasive noise bursts and various ominous background synths until you hit the 4th tune ‘Sabotages’ which is the direct translation of an alarm light into sound. It’s loud; it’s trudging. Distortion and madness abound. To be honest, after the second track, I was worried that this would play it rather safe like some Ghost Box stuff but it pushes into the realms of discomfort in which I reside. Even such an upbeat miniature as the titular track is has ‘New Dead Men’ as a prelude. The track after is quite nice and Steve Hauschildt-esque though. Perfectly happy with that.
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