It’s been the best part of four years since Profligate released music in album form, so it has to be said, wasteful he is not. On Somewhere Else, Profligate mixes opposites of sound and method. Noise meets melody, chaos is matched by a composer's touch, and it’s delivered via both programmed electronics and live instruments. The result is a united and dynamic album. Features guest appearances from LA Poet Elaine Kahn and fellow electronic artist, Chrissy Jones.
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Rejoicing in being the very first CD to be spun on our new state-of-the-art CD player, Profligate tests out its capabilities with an album of low and dirty techno-influenced lo-fi electronic pop. He's as grumpy as Phil on a day without his nicotine patch and snarls pissed off vocals over the shards of harsh electronics. What I like about tracks like 'A Circle Of' is that they use really weird sounds but have quite smart melodies attached to them. This one has a repeating slashing beat with continues through the track. This juxtaposition of gothy songwriting and industrial noises invites comparisons to mid period Depeche Mode and there's certainly that sense of unease running through things.
This is a much more lo-fi home produced brew though and also reminds me of artists like Zola Jesus and the Soft Moon. It's as bleak as our office and as furious as it's occupants. Good for January rain.
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