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    Sic – “Thought Noises” – [Dark Entries]

    Dark Entries opened a mesmerizing door to the past Belgian underground
    with Vita Noctis, and now another. This time it’s 1979-1981, and while
    SIC may have been synchronous with a lot of the icy minimal wave re-releases
    as of late, the buoyant bass of Wilhelm Dunker alone makes this a unique
    brainy brand of yesteryear’s sins of the synth. The keyboards here are
    also more jaunty, with shadows of a calliope rather than laser beams in
    a mausoleum. On top of it all, at least on the A-side, Micheline Dufert’s
    voice, singing in English, but thinking Dutching and looking at French
    magazines has a great disconnected aura. Disconnected in terms of the
    phrasing of the words (check out A2 and its choruse) and ultimately
    lyrically to herself. But I wondered if the band chose the name SIC
    meaning, what we say we mean, even if it is twisted and sticking out
    like a compound fracture? There is a lot of identity collapsing, and
    Micheline’s husky urgent voice works so well. I was sadly shocked when
    she disappears from the mic on side B’s collection of latter day demos?
    Side A is the complete set of three 7″ records SIC issues. Overall,
    you get a suprisingly catchy brand of new wave, with a gloriously
    twitchy vibe from her singing. Guitar is lightly spritzed in, and there
    are some sax patches (a little too smooth on “Free Radio Stations” but
    better on “New Rose In Town” and briefly on “Absence”) Ultimately it
    is the busy bass (such a key to “pop” music) and dizzy but dark vox
    over synths that make this sounds still stand up today. Don’t miss!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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