Not to be confused with the utterly cack mid-Noughties band responsible for the irritating ‘Monster’, this Automatic are a three-piece from Los Angeles who’ve gained a reputation for their incendiary live shows, inspired by psychedelia and punk. Signal is their debut studio album, and comes in a special indies-only red vinyl version.
Vinyl LP £18.99 STH2410LP
Black vinyl LP on Stones Throw.
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Limited edition, indies only red coloured vinyl LP on Stones Throw.
- Coloured vinyl
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- Limited edition
CD £10.49 STH2410CD
CD on Stones Throw.
The words "signal" and "automatic" are good indicators of the sound of this album. It's mechanical and regimented, robotic and instantaneous, a rejection of the acoustic, the natural, the tangible. They blend the lange gerade rhythms of Neu! with 80s coldwave synthesizers and the flat vocal tone of Broadcast. This album feels a little lo-fi and thrown together in the best way possible. Some of the instruments on 'Highway' sound slightly out of tune and the drum machines seem to have been hauled out of the same bin that Suicide got theirs from.
I love how the song structures and arrangements are completely robotic. It lends a certain jerky quality to the music, sounding like one of those machines that can play a piano or a drum kit. The production is squashed and crushed, which suits the dark, dank feel of the music. It's almost as if Automatic played it in a pantry.
'Signal' is a promising debut from an exciting new group. The next album will show whether they have decided to shed the more overt frames of reference in favour of a more innovative sound.
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