Polytechnic Youth have been getting all excited about the debut album from Perrache. The Stuttgart-based artist featured on the label’s Popcorn Lung compilation last year, creating a buzz. Barriere in Movimento is a slow burning listen, dark and industrial at the edges with most of the songs using a Moog as a starting point.
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Four nice and varied bits of synthing here from one Joachim Henn who goes by Perrache. First on ‘Barreiere in Movimento’ is ‘Synthismus’ which sounds much closer to a psych rock jam than I’ve come to expect from this sort of thing. It’s built on a riff that oscillates between two notes, as though a guitarist has gone wild with their delay pedal. It’s quite hypnotic and works perfect as a bed on which Henn adds a few searing improvised moments.
This is followed by ‘Dustflag’ which acts almost as the first track’s shadow. Again we find a nice bit of oscillation, but here it’s restricted to the occasional appearance over a more ambient bed. ‘Dustflag’ offers a nice break after the intensity it follows.
The wonderfully named ‘A Gondolier’s Last Chewing Gum Blues’ acts as something of an experimental centre piece for the record. All the sounds are drawn out and fragile, as though they’re a piece of gum that’s been pulled impossibly thin. It’s haunting and intense, particularly in the things Henn is doing at the top end; a sort of astral sigh.
The record closes with ‘Grace Athletic’ which starts all nasty and distorted, before transforming into the most Polytechnic Youth sounding that album gets. Sturdier and sillier synth sounds dance around to lighten the mood somewhat.
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