Here's a new thing on the ever popular Polytechnic Youth label this time from this Austrian duo who play icy electronic pop reminiscent of the early days of Mute Records although the band claim not to be influenced by a particular style. Serene and melodic the album contains eight tracks and is a one time pressing of 300 only.
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This one is sooooo Polytechnic Youth you wouldn't believe it. They are an Austrian duo who use minimal retro synths and add in ice cool detached vocals. Somewhere, I guess between early the Human League and Broadcast. Sounds like it was made in 1981.
There's a Kraftwerkian dystopia throughout, the best bits come at the beginning of side A where they veer towards poppier territory particularly on 'Marionettes' which sounds rather similar to the Human League's 'Almost Medieval' with some rather glacial synths on show.
If you like the Normal, and minimal wave stuff there's loads of it here. The lyrics are utterly absurd so it's fun in itself just listening to them "got myself a space pod, it was able to fly, but a tyre went flat and it fell out of the sky, found myself a plane the very next day, to take me to the milky way". I suspect they are taking the piss.
8/10 Edwyn McCann Customer review, 27th August 2018
As mentioned in other places this is very early 80's sounding but very good in it's own way. The music is atmospheric while the vocals are "interesting" to say the least! If you like your music electronic and your vocals dismembered then this is the album for you. Pity there are only eight tracks on it. I will be very interested in seeing how Mitra Mitra will progress on their next album if only to hear the next set of vocals. Perhaps a few more instruments will add to the sound and fill out the spaces?
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