A horrible hack


Western Front

Year Released: 2012
Format: CD
Label: Ektro
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Aug 22, 2013
I don't know much about this band bar an Ut connection and that they've been chucking out sporadic releases since the mid-90s, but this is really pretty excellent. Things kick off with 'On Game', which presents my preferred side of things: fuggy post-punk with muffled vocals that sound like a late 80s Kim Gordon skit looped, elongated and dragged towards a blissful krautrock oblivion. 'Oui Window' follows, which is slightly harder to digest, offering a troubled bout of scrapes, jazzy clatters and mumbled atonality. Back, then, the pendulum swings to 'Helium' which has a great cranky pulse to it, the rusty metal scrape of the guitar repetitions sounding like a snippet of early Fall or Au Pairs grubbied up and fixed in a wonderful five-minute lockgroove. After this things get a little more abstract, the vocals ever more scattered and disconnected, flitting amid computerised drum patterns, stabs of agitated guitar noise and moments of blustery drone that's all a bit reminiscent of what Blonde Redhead might've sounded like if they kicked their poppiness into touch and fully embraced the clanky weirdness of their first few records. Lovely stuff.

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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