Detroit electro-punk veterans ADULT. return for their eighth studio album, and, as ever, Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller create a sound that can’t precisely be pigeonholed or defined. Perception Is/As/Of Deception could be classified as their most inward-looking collection to date, or their most outright punk-orientated effort.
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There's nothing like a bit of chilly, severe electro-punk to make you forget about the tedious disaster movie that is our current existence. ADULT.'s new album 'Perception is/as/of Deception' is a glistening, propulsive album that conjurs images of a giant, barren metropolis. Austere drum machines and harsh synthesisers are supplemented by cavernous reverbs. It just sounds massive.
Dissonance and paranoia burble around the edges of Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller's monochrome arrangements. Every track has a thumping kick drum and chewy bassline but there are little jarring inconsistencies that only show up upon further listening. 'Why Always Why' has the odd kick drum pattern that sits at odds with the rest of the rhythm arrangement. Often the bass arpeggios skitter by so fast that it takes a while to realise their discordance.
Kuperos is on resounding form on this record. Her vocals are strong, impassive, and completely engaging. The way she sings 'What do you waaaant? What do you neeeed?' is strident and full of anguish.
Apparently the pair blacked out the windows of their basement studio with "the sole intention to deprive their senses" and you can really hear it. There's very little light on this record. It's constrictive and dark, unmoored from conventional harmonic structures and conventionally pleasurable listening. Just perfect for those long nights of isolation, illuminated only by the sodium glare of the incoming nuclear winter.
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