Album Review

Perturbator – “Uncanny Valley, The” – [Blood Music]

Naysayer   6/25/2018   A Library, CD

God, yes!!!!!!! Pounding pounding pounding with layered respect to the 1980’s. Synth never sounded so right. It’s the future / it’s the past. It’s futuresynth/cybersynth/synthwave. So many names. So good. Perturbator is Paris’s own James Kent, and Kent knows what he is doing. With his toes also in his death metal band, his composing for video games as Perturbator, plus parents who were in a drone band, he’s got some good cred. Not as fast as Dan Terminus but equally dark and atmosperic with a continuous beat. Synth heavy with continuous nods to 1980’s like Klaus Schultz and Tangerine Dream, plus those Miami Vice sounds. Each track is like a mini soundtrack to a futuristic movie. And the future is the fetish: chaos, children with weapons, Tokyo worship, machine take over, dark manga, digital control. These are the underlying or blatant themes. The sounds reflecting are heavy beats, often slower than most dance clubs, layered synth rhythms swirling around each other, fading in and out of the beats throughout, dark and thick bass lines. This stuff is it. Put out by the brilliant Helsinki label, Blood Music.

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