MANIKIN: M Theory: 7”EP

May 26, 2008

Icy, dark, brooding, Orwellian, minimal, and existential: doesn’t sound like a good time, does it? But Manikin somehow make all that danceable, terse, and interesting with a guitar that sounds like a blade being sharpened. Taking cues from Wire and Gang Of Four—and in league with The Fuses and The Lost Sounds (RIP)—this three-songer is a like an ice cube slowly pulled down the length of your spine, a great episode of The Twilight Zone, and a hint of the Tijuana Brass (cyborg division) all colliding together on a frozen patch of musical highway, giving the songs a distinctive, jagged, blood-in-your-mouth tang. 

 –todd (Super Secret)