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    Trek With Quintronic – “Landing Plus” – [Dark Entries]

    I’m tempted to photoshop a picture of the Cars’ Candy-O cover
    with Aladin Sane’s head. ’cause that’s what this reminded me
    of, and yes that’s a good, albeit anachronistic thing. Another
    stand-out aspect of this album, how often as a DJ do you get
    to say “I prefer their *later* stuff.” (This gathers two albums
    and 1981’s “Trek With Quintronic” laser zaps 1980’s “Landed”)
    I’m talking glam lasers with plenty of glitter and wooshy synths,
    but above all the picture posing perfect preening vocals of
    Trek (aka Paul Wilcox). He adds some guitar, but most of the
    music comes from Quintronic (no relation to the mighty New
    Orleans Quintron, instead it’s David Kane on banks of synth
    and drum machines that refuse to rush. Their fastest setting
    is “screw you, it can wait” they now work at the DMV or
    something, but that slowness pays off giving Trek time to
    find his inner Brit, biting off brittle lyrics including
    a cover of the Animal’s “”When I Was Young.” I prefer the
    originals, with Trek sounding like he’s got more than a few
    messed up and Angry Inches to go around like “Cheap for
    the Chance” and “Twin Forces.” Listening back to the first
    album, it’s not so bad…more of a focus on Trek’s high
    jangle, electromangled guitar. But his voice really gets
    thinner, whitier and dukier on the second disk, and
    Quintronic works in more and more oddball keys too. Was a pretty damn fun listen for me, the guys apparently are still tinkering with music (and maybe architecture for one of them?) to this day, but it must feel nice to revive this slice of their wanton, star-dreaming youth.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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