Despite its clumsy drums I was sort of quite interested in the opening track “Blind”. It has a nice synth and a reasonably compelling structure but what really caught my attention was the crazily heavy handed (deliberate) auto-tune vocal. Elements of goth, industrial and electronica with a female vocal processed so heavily its almost impossible to discern what she might actually sound like. Not necessarily my chosen thing but not unpleasant and I was quite partial to the weird ambulance effect they achieved on the vocal using the autotune. Seems ok so far doen’t it ? That’s what I thought. Of course, you have to remember this is an album on the Unrepresented label, home of the fascinating Junkie Kut. I enjoyed writing the Junkie Kut review. I laughed at my own jokes a lot and by the end of it I was quite attracted to myself and my own wonderfully cutting sense of humour. What was I saying again ? Oh yes. The reason I bring up the Junkie Kut review is because a lot of my criticism of that album can be applied to this. From the moderately interesting opener I suddenly find myself in goth trance land. A land of piercings and novelty contact lenses and intricate hand-movement based dancing.
What am I supposed to say about trance with auto-tuned vocals ? If I was cunted to the high heavens on Ketamine and poppers and this came on I would wipe the drool from my mouth, realign my eyes and gracefully leave the dance floor. Not because it’s terrible but because I would be in the wrong place. This album is in the wrong place. It should not be in my iPod it should be in a teenagers bedroom, one that’s got a blacklight and a bong in the shape of a skeleton and the Underworld trilogy on DVD in it.
To be fair I would say this album has the same good qualities as Junkie Kut. It’s well produced (if mastered a bit loud for my tastes) and totally competent. “Drug Laws” comes over a bit like Depeche Mode having a tantrum while “Kiss The Blade” is like Enya wearing black lipstick and doing robotics. I know that these aren’t the most positive sounding descriptions but I’m doing my best. Basically, I’m going to put an age limit on this, as I did with Junkie Kut. If you’re still living at home, wearing more than 3 black garments and have a penchant for cheap cider, this is the album for you. If you find yourself becoming more and more like Ron Swanson with each passing day and that’s a pleasing fact then this will be anathema to you.The album is available on Unrepresented Music on 31st October 2012