Soft Issues, Leeds’ finest new power electronics outfit, release their debut full-length via Opal Tapes (Karen Gwyer, Wanda Group). A duo who also turn out for (among others) Cattle and The Shits, together they make a screeching racket of electronic drums, synths and machine malfunctions. This is all topped off by vocals that range from a snarl to a scream. We hear they love Afrobeat, though there's no evidence of that across these eleven tracks. 50p extra garlic.
Vinyl LP £10.49 OPAL147-12
LP on Opal Tapes.
Tape £7.49 OPAL147
Cassette on Opal Tapes.
Not to be confused with their self-released, self-titled debut tape I was waffling on about a few months back, this duo has now landed on the ever magnificent Opal Tapes with a blistering full length on tape and vinyl.
As I’m listening, it feels like it’s literally causing me physical harm - I’m no sadist, but I gotta say it’s tingling the olde pleasure/pain receptors a freakin’ treat. This one somehow sounds more refined than the previous tape, yet equally, if not more alienated, disgruntled, disaffected and just downright angry. The duo unleashes an almighty frequency assault and distorted racket that’ll strip the flesh from yer bones and have the vultures swoop in and demolish the scraps.
These guys are the real deal, and could easily compete with yer fave olde Broken Flag, power electronics, Japanoise heroes. In fact, if they were to step in the ring for a massive noise-off, Soft Issues could well be walking out with a belt engraved with ‘Industrial Techno Punk Harsh Noise Power Electronix Mass Destruction Heavyweight Champions’.
Searing, ice cold, relentlessly brutal, ferocious tracks like ‘Bleak Magic’ and ‘Hart Let Update’ have such mind-shattering levels of glorious intensity it feels like they’re gonna tear some sorta vortex open before me and hoover me in and spit me out in some place that makes HELL seem like a proper doss. Oh, and they briefly display a more tender and forlorn side in the gorgeous ‘The World Of’... it’d be ace to hear more stuff in that sorta mode too, but hey, Soft Issues RULE and this new ‘un is an absolute certified brain bludgeoner.
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