RHYTHM OF CRUELTY: Dysphoria: LP

Shades of early Cocteau Twins and Xmal Deutschland are in evidence in the music here, which also throws in hypnotic hints of industrial minimalism and drone to draw you in and keep you mesmerized. It’s not really uncharted waters they’re delving into here, but they do so with talent and a palpable sense of purpose. I’m listening to this during the dog days of summer, but I can totally see it making its way into heavy rotation as soon as the days get cooler and grayer. 

 –jimmy (Crude City, [email protected])