PHASE FATALE: Redeemer (Hospital) — Noisy EBM industrial, with a great sound to it — gritty atmospheres with a beat. Hayden Payne views his work as coming from techno and post-punk, but this stuff would have fit right into early ’90s industrial. Complete with the judiciously-applied guitars. You’re living the movie this is the soundtrack to.
CHRISTIAN FITNESS: Slap Bass Hunks — Andrew Falkous’ fourth solo effort; other three reviewed here. It’s angular as hell but you can hear every note and what it’s doing. It’s like I’m listening to the records of my youth on a non-shit sound system. I must note, the drumming is remarkable. Ten tracks in twenty-six minutes, it doesn’t waste a moment. When it finishes you’ll play it again. Also, Falkous is a ranting bastard par excellence. “Family Courts” will introduce you correctly, as will title track “Slap Bass Hunks.” This, like its predecessors, is a delight. I want to sit this guy down with a recording device so he can rant into it for a few hours.