Album Review

Sixteens – “Fendi ” – [Hungry Eye]

Thurston Hunger   5/3/2006   12-inch, A Library

Proof that there is dancing in hell as demonstrated by this
fine EP. Kristen Louise and Veuve Pauli are going to be
strangers in whatever strange land they wind up in, having
moved from San Fransisco to Berlin, now they can stitch the
leather to their thighs, and wear their moodbeat like
industrial weather. One nation under alienation. Thoughts
barked in mangled megaphone monotone, synth squishing bugs
under a strobe flickered floor. Drum machines built long ago
behind the Berlin wall, still keep the 4/4 rhythm locked up
like the prisoner of war that it is. “Cell Schedule” has that
throaty phlangified bass that speaks across decades as well,
each of the songs knows when to reduce things down for a stark
break. This music is so well constructed to sound broken, it’s
a pleasing paradox. “Factix” is the least beat-insistent of
the four, but closes out the release with an icy, eerie riff
and some thickening of guitar and bass. A powerfule piper’s
call to the legions of disco dirge devotees trapped out there
in KFJC’s vinyl catacombs. Lazarus with a laser beam. -Hunger

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