Denovali Records (Mouse On The Keys, worriedaboutsatan) present the latest LP from a duo who have actually been together for a good 15 years now. Human Resources is the product of Brazilian two-piece RDTK - made up of former Hospital/Digitalis signee Ricardo Donoso and bassist-for-hire Thiago Kochenborger - and it’s a nervous record for nervous times. Tracks like ‘Seal The Chamber’ and ‘Affective Forecasting’ have a sort of Depeche Mode meets Nine Inch Nails vibe to them. One for all you Doomsday preppers out there.
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Brazilian duo RDTK return for another smash hit on wise man-of-the-mountain label Denovali. For an imprint obsessed with the foreboding shadows of experimental pop music, they couldn’t have picked a better band; on ‘Human Resources’, Ricardo Donoso and Thiago Kochenborger make a nervy, twitchy record from fragments of electro, industrial and post-punk, signalling a love of Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and Porcupine Tree, amongst others.
It’s all debris and residue, this album: songs like “Shadows Arrive” tread narrow, clear paths, the rhythms driving the duo through pop rock schematics. Behind them, though, are busy textures and additive field recordings, or momentary blasts of distortion, or gothy vocal adlibs. The whole thing gains its entire atmosphere from what’s backgrounded, hiding between their simple, emotive songwriting. The vocal coalesce of “A Rubik’s Cube” sees the duo trying to create an inescapable environment out of their album, using a droning passage with swampy samples to suffocate the listener in homogeneity.
Those who want their darker musical inclinations to have hooks and snarls and just a bit of rock ‘n’ roll structure will no doubt already love RDTK. Their rhythmic pulsations and haughty vocal commiserations are bringing that latter day Trent Reznor, and bringing him hard. Behind the sound they present, though, is a world of minute detail.
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