Taking cues from PIL, Joy Division, and Bauhaus: distorted vocals, wailing trumpet at times, marching bass lines, garroting guitars, all played on with the tension of a large mass sliding on black ice, Manikin continue along the trajectory of their earlier 7”s. Like an obscure map of a yet-fully-discovered land, it takes a while to notice the details lurking beneath the more obvious mountain tops. I’m sure this record will reveal more from the shadows on additional spins and I’m willing to give it that chance. Fans of The Estranged and The Lost Sounds, take note. You’re preconditioned to give Manikin a fair shake. Extremely well realized.
–todd (Super Secret)