8/10 Ant Staff review, 08 March 2018
Glasgow’s Modern Institute is the duo of Laurie Pitt and Richard McMaster - both members of loveable electro-disco-dub mutant peddlers Golden Teacher. They’re appearance as a sort of corporate art organization kinda echoes that of Public Image Limited utilitarian post-punk aesthetic. They’ve got the whole post- Kraftwerk clinical, sterile ‘Man Machine’ music thing nailed - kinda reminds me of very early Dopplereffekt but more uptempo like older DJ Stingray stuff. The functional, economical deployment of vocals throughout recalls bits of John Bender or Colin Potter as heard on the ice cold ‘Molten Gold’ complete with repeated winning lyric “the void, the void..”.
I can almost imagine this was something that Minimal Wave exhumed from the 80s but there’s a wee bit of a more contemporary techno slant as heard in ‘Dozen Cocktails’ that sets this apart from the deluge of retro Cold Wave inspired gear that’s doing the rounds. There’s plenty of repetition, squelching, ricocheting beats and silvery metallic synth action. They did a record on Night School that slipped past my radar, but after enjoying this I’m gonna be checking that out for sure.
Limited edition of 500 red vinyl copies in mirri board sleeve.
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