"Just the two of us" sang Gabriel Gurnsey and Nik Colk last year as they realised that their original four piece had been whittled down to a two piece. The press release talks of heavy bass grooves and scattered percussion which is just about par for the course with Factory Floor though B side 'Wonder' is a more hushed affair with an atmospheric wash of synths.
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It was inevitable wasn't it. There was no way it wasn’t going to happen. And now it has. Yes, Factory Floor have done A Soundtrack for a Film. Now more than ever, the band’s interpretations of 80s industrial is in vogue, and their lengthy instrumentals have always had more in common with scores than songs.
In 2017 London’s The Science Museum asked the band if they fancied live soundtracking Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis. I’ll be honest, I haven’t actually seen the film, but it casts a long enough shadow that I’m a) very comfortable calling it a masterpiece, and b) aware that the film in part touches on the early 20th century’s anxieties about the increasing pace of industrialisation and proletarianization. Just as easily as one plus one makes two, so too does the industrial band soundtrack the film about industry. This 12” features just two of the tracks on the soundtrack, ‘Transform’ and ‘Wonder’, but even from just this taste what at first seems like maybe too obvious a match, begins to feel inspired.
Inspired because Factory Floor aren’t a mere industrial band. There’s always been something a bit more interesting about them, a willingness to push the genre into different shapes and forms. The band’s remaining two members, Gabe Gurnsey, and Nik Colk Void, unleash everything from ominous drones, to surprisingly funky bass lines. This is a common refrain when reviewing film soundtracks, but it really is impressive that Factory Floor have made tracks listenable without the film. Releasing tracks in advance of the album doesn’t just whet the appetite. It also lets the tracks prove themselves.
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