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    Pesteg Dred – “Years of Struggle Against The Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice” – [Dark Entries]

    Teenage DaneDream of Damaged SynthPop
    Does any label time travel better than Dark Entries?
    This was recorded back in December 1981, but apparently
    only availale wth a Danish magazine as a cassette in 1985.
    Inge Shannons vocals are featured to lead off the album
    in isolated fashion and layered, on “Untitled” (A2) they
    are draped in echo, droning over a churning pace but
    hit a break where they go wonderfully cuckoo. “Superior”
    has a proto-Motorik bassline with some new wave synth
    waves but then is that a toy piano or a ukele, and later
    it sounds like some skittering violin. Inge sings sorta
    pretty on this near anthem. Something’s rockin’ in
    Denmark? By the end of side A, she’s got a fierce femme
    Peter Murphy rolling for “Impressions.” And drums on that
    and through-out are well slugged by Martin Hall. Check
    the interview with him in the booklet, he’s still creating
    to this day, he and Inge were in SS-Say that turned up in
    a retro collection on Minimal Wave, but this really does
    not mope much in minimal waters. A dingy darkness, and
    some sick synths and electric “treatments” from Per
    Hendrichsen do demand attention. Hall’s bass playing can
    be brutal slappy in a fine way, like on “Light, More Light”
    And who tortures those horns on that elongated piece!?!
    Second “Untitled” is a haunting ghost piano soundscape.
    Hard to pin down this LP, def’ an attractive neuroticism
    Killing Joke-y, but different? For a bunch of teenage Danes,
    really well-assembled. It got lost for a while, and even
    after Dark Entries uncovered it in 2010, it must have befuddled
    some KFJC’ers, but it’s well worth the wait. Skilled and
    skittish stuff.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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