Will you just look at that incredible tangle of fishnetted legs? You'd think it would be sexy but it's just....disturbing. It sort of suits the music of Oliver Ho though with it's mixture of synthwave, metallic acid tracks and guitar drone with a heavy industrial influence. This is part one of a three album trilogy. You have been warned.
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A trilogy eh? I’ve always admired ambition when it comes to releases so good on you Broken English Club. As this isn’t a Star Wars like situation where the unexpected success of a release leads to it becoming a franchise I can’t help but think of White Rats as the start of something, part one of three. And this could’ve caused problems for the L.I.E.S. signed Oliver Ho. Because as well as being part one, this is of course, also a release in its own right.
And it very much is. A release of dirty and dark electronics. Buzz saws and sleazy spoken word. Industrial beats and disorienting drones. Above all else what brings White Rats together is its sense of anxiety. Things are not okay! To quote ‘Animal Town’ we’ve “barking Nazis in plastic track suits, Britain first fuckers”. The record feels defeated, there’s a sense of hopelessness, that there’s no turning back. This makes White Rats music extremely of its moment. Should we ever succeed in pushing back it will make a fascinating document of 2018.
I’m curious about how Ho is going to proceed from here. What will make it a trilogy? What themes will be revisited? My main hope is after his focus on the fascist in the street he turns his attention to the fascist in the office, on the news, in the fucking houses of parliament. What I expect is a slight hopeful turn. I guess we’ll have to tune in next time to find out.
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