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His Electro Blue Voice – “Fog ” – [S-S Records]

Thurston Hunger   8/18/2008   7-inch, A Library

I’m not supposed to like a label so much, but ding-dang-doodle
Scott knows his no-wave noodles. 2007 release of this Italian
rock band tastes like a blast from the pasta and rips the
molten ore and angst right out of the ampheta-gold-mine.
“Fog” is sung in English (but the singer’s still thinking in
his native tongue). So you get words that sort of fall out of
frame, add to the utter driving edge riffage going on. And then,
just when it seems it cannot get any better, after a couple of
verses someone flips the switch and they electrocute lead singer
Francesco, inciting scream-singing excellence! The track has
its rollercoaster moments too, slowing down, rising and plunging
again. That maneuver is also brought to bear on the flip, “Das”
which is sung in Italian (and perhaps thought about in the
language of angry bees?). I like how towards the end of the
track, it turns into a runaway train, pummeling over some hippy
flutefest in the forest, smashing up some circuits and leaving
a broken music box that might be chirping out its death cry
for “Yellow Submarine?” I still don’t know what exactly hit me,
I just hope it does again and pronto, prego. Both solid, but
“Fog” puts crystal blisters on your ears.

-Thurston Hunger

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