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Cover of: Pheromoans - I
I'm On Nights
Alter | LP | 19 €

Pheromoans mark their ninth year of existence with the release of fourth album, 'Im On Nights'. A largely electronic affair, this new ten-track LP refracts vocalist Russell Walkers stony poeticisms through a lens of analogue synths, while etching drum machine clicks and spaced out keyboard ditties into the bigger picture. Guitars and bass still make an appearance - helmed by Christian Butler, Alex Garran and James Tranmer - but theyve mostly been eclipsed by the scrappy, artificial beats which now underline Walker's diary-like, ennui-soaked rhymes. Album opener 'Wizard - with its blocky, Bizarre Love Triangle-esque intro and unnerving pins and needles crackle - jolts you awake with charges of experimental noise. Then there's the plaintive synth pads on the LPs eponymous, stripped back tear-jerker and the acid squelch of Depressed Wobble. Because, with 'I'm On Nights', musical touchstones take on a myriad cult guises, from the downbeat minimal wave of Solid Space or Absolute Body Control, to a hypothetical vision of Dan Treacy crooning caustically over Mari by Martin Rev.. And, as always, theres the requisite nod to all things DIY and Messethetics. Walker says he hope this new direction will create some distance away from a certain demographic;

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