The cookie has crumbled and the grains have been tumbled out of the aerosol of synth-tone poppery into a dark, dank well where turbulence and torment cling to the talents of Karl like poisonous fungi. Since seeing this singer (pronounced Bisk-wee) in Paris last year, he seems to have undergone an amputation with traumatic side-effects. Adroitly fingered at the time as a Serge Clerc character in 3-D, the accompanying stylised cocktail mannerisms have dried out and what remains is an emotional brainburn where Fairlights blink with a hangover instead of grinning like dumb robots. 'Death', 'Loneliness', 'No Friends', 'Requiem' - with song titles like these you get the idea of the horrorshow on offer, how many ways you can terminate or be terminated is equal to the pleasures of this record. Pleasures ? Hell, yes, but not of the ugly bedsit torment sort. Karl is pretty enough to have aimed for the wide-eyed-innocent end of the synth spectrum with its lure of big bucks. Instead, he's inhabiting the cutting space that both the Human League and Depeche Mode are trying to reach in vain at present. 'Regrets Eternels' is pimple synth-pop lanced until the pus runs. Vampire instrumentation sucks at the neck of linear tunes, foreign textures unfurl and infect the clean kid's ideas. Take a peek at the liner notes and everything makes sense. Aided in sections by Blaine L.Reininger and Honeymoon Killer Marc Hollander, the whole project is filtered through the hemlock hands of Gilles Martin of the great Tuxedomoon. 'Regrets Eternels' is the alternative madness in the method dance"
Monday, 13 October 2008
If Stalking Skills reminded you of The Shop Assistants or The Fizzbombs then the new single Apathy by Liechtenstein is going to have you in further raptures! This time the band go back further and take their inspirations from girl and girl fronted bands from the post punk era.On both sides of this 7" I can hear the likes of Girls At Our Best, The Slits, The Mo-dettes and Dolly Mixture. Apathy is a slow song with some beautiful harmonies and vocals that by the songs end simply engrosses you.However it's on Security By Design that stands out here for me. It's simply sublime over it's two and a bit minutes with it's fusion of pop, reggae and a bit of Tijuana brass thanks to the Mexican sounding trumpet. A choice "cut" (The Slits pun is intended!) Listen to Apathy here.