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    Brotman & Short – “Distance Unknown” – [Chondritic Sound]

    On the Max & Mara project, Max Brotman showcased a florid
    and varied approach of synths (with help from Mara of
    course). Here we’ve got some monomaniacal mad scientist
    keyboard work, old skull equipment, pitch wheel dementia,
    gritty buzz waves sawing at the ears, in short a raw,
    authentic recall of synth punk. Drum machines smack songs
    along, and those songs like to work with inverting riffs or
    half-step melody slides. Vocals are deader than dead pan,
    with a slight hint of anger and disgust. What I expect
    will be the first emotion a robot will feel. If you don’t
    like the singing, your loss but there are four factory
    tested instrumentals (oddly labeled with Roman Numerals
    instead of SCCS versions). From those I and II have a
    nifty pong-gone-wrong break out beat. The title track
    may multiply your Joy Division sensors. I’m actually not
    sure where Brotman leaves off and Jesse Short starts,
    so that’s the sign of a pretty aligned pairing. My
    kids are into the video game “Portal 2” to me this
    album captures how it might really feel to be in such
    a world. Anthems for the digital dystopia.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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