COUTEAU LATEX: Hostile Environment: 7”

I freely admit it: I’m a sucker for good synth-wave/punk stuff, the odder-yet-rockin’ the better. This is some choice listening in that vein—blown-out sound, aggressive but catchy, woozy synth, robotic drumming, and insistent bass lines augmenting vocals delivered in French. They keep the helping frustratingly spare—only two songs—but hopefully this portends more to come. –Jimmy Alvarado (Goner)