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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Tromatic Reflexxions

Posted on Thu, Jun 7, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Tromatic Reflexxions
Label: Domino
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Tromatic Reflexxions
Remember the abomination that was Strobe Talbot? It involved Half Japanese's Jad Fair fronting a synth-pop band, and that band was horrible. It's a relief to be able to report that Von Südenfed ' the synthesis of Fall curmudgeon Mark E. Smith and warped dance duo Mouse on Mars ' isn't a similarly indigestible mess. Smith is reliably myopic, utterly indecipherable and throughly entertaining, but MoM's willingness to underplay its hand here makes Tromatic Reflexxions crazy fun. The usual gussied-up IDM is ditched to concentrate on blaring bare-bones techno and Big Beat-downs for Smith's hobo-with-a-mic babbling to slip in and out of; these are throbbing, lopsided beats, the muffled remarks sometimes encircling the music in thrilling loops that in essence transform the Smith into a rapper, of all things. The itchy-scratchy synths that storm 'Flooded� frequently threaten to erase the singer's vocals altogether, only to knock them into echoing free-fall before Smith gathers his half-wits for another blurt-squirt of jabber.


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