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4.0 out of 5 stars Machine Cabaret, 3 April 2011
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Punk Cabaret sums it up, not in perjorative sense but a whirl back to Weimar. The first track Jinx is swirling middle eastern evocations, music to imbibe on the hookah. Caterpillars on mushrooms will then guide your oriental carpet ride.

More structured than most experimental the second track has the marimba backing on the drum machine as the band plays along in exotica syncopation. The singer meanwhile delivers a middle European tortured soul singing for his supper, whilst jumping over the top of a sofa lounge.

Then its back to a form of exploration of a new wave experimentation. Layered torch vocals sung to a type of Roxy Music/Kraftwerk stripped down backing. It's not punk as it was known but steers near to Current 93.

Drum machine pop takes a sonic guitar leaf from mid period Chrome or perhaps it was the other way round. The psychedelic Dicktopian worlds of San Fran Cisco Sci Fi surfacing on the first Tubeway army LP. All alien proto sex wrapped in plastic fetish and love that flows as fluids but never given as an emotion.

This sits alongside Gary and Chrome with the connectors to the Residents. Of course Gary took the David Bowie alienation in the man who fell to earth and became a superstar nova beaming his form of sci fi pap all over the airwaves.

Tuxedomoon were more traditionally experimental to follow in his foot steps. When they veer away from the standard rockism they hit the vein. In Desire they create a punping organ ride as the music creates a carousel.

In the fifth track the saxophone, the one time apart from Janes Chance/Laura Logic/David Bowie that it has been played with any feeling apart from kitsch on modern records. Not exactly soul, more a type of distorted Japan.

A welcome blast of pure sax on number 6 as are led down the sultry chambers of dark streets whilst a drum machine suddenly gallops into the sunset. AT first it just seems a mish mash but then the structure appears from nowhere in a Moroder beat. Then Chrome guitars crash out the chords and electronic squiggles wriglle and shinner on the top.

Holiday for Plywood; is the ship's dance with strings attached and works as a piece of whimsy with its use of a 1950' British TV theme. All bass and drum patterns whilst the music swirls with Fred and Ginger dancing over the top. You could see them perform this on an acid cruise.

The EP attached harks back to another period.
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