Friday, February 13, 2015

DEAD CHANNEL "Perfectly Neutral" (All Hell)

This short tape holds five tracks of anhedonic retro electro, each of which sounds like it could have been a "Metamatic"-era John Foxx demo track that was smashed flat in a trash compacter and the reduced down to a single lurching keyboard riff. The vocalist does his best monotone robo impression, he's probably saying something cool but I can't make out what it is. The cover has a chain smoking skull in broken sunglasses, which is rad, but not at all the vibe I get from the music, which feels more like being trapped inside a dented aluminum box for ten minutes. And I mean that in a good way.

-- Will Griscom