Jan 23, 2012

This is a re-reissue of Jay Reatard’s side project that was originally released as a limited CD-R, then a picture disc, and a CD with extra tracks. So, this version collects all that was on the first three and adds a couple unreleased extras. If you haven’t heard this, imagine scuzzed-out synth wave that’s more gritty and filthy than concerned with modernism. The vocals are blown to hell and back, synths twitter, beep, imitate sirens, and go “skreeeeee!!!!!,” drum machines keep mechanized time, and then it’s sliced, diced, and mashed together. This is more room-clearing type stuff than, “Hey, everyone get on the dancefloor” material. There’s some good stuff on here, but as an album, it’s pretty uneven. “Medicating Dreams” stands out with its more fleshed-out sound, where the bass comes in strong (very reminiscent of early New Order). The song structure is more together and not as rushed and thrown-out-there-sounding as some of the other songs. The song “Infection” reminds me of Fast Forward, as it switches between calm and chaos, and both parts are so disparate that they obliterate each other. The cover of Brian Eno’s “Baby’s on Fire” is decent.

 –M.Avrg (FDH, fdhmusic.com)

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