HTRK: Psychic 9-5 Club (Ghostly International, 2014)

March 26, 2014 at 12:04 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

HTRK: Psychic 9-5 Club

HTRK: Psychic 9-5 Club

Newest album from Australia-originated, London-based noisy-post-punk-turned-slow-creepy-electronic group HTRK (pronounced “Hate Rock”). As with their previous album, 2011’s Work (Work, Work), this is dark, chilling, a bit frightening, and absolutely beautiful. This album takes that album’s sound and makes it a bit more spacey and sensual; instead of dark, ticking drum machines and slowed post-punk basslines, this is more of a a pulsating, amorphous slither. It’s also a considerable bit brighter and more hopeful, even if the music is somehow a bit more minimal and airy. The lyrics speak of love, lust, sunshine and beauty, and the vocals on “Feels Like Love” just consist of laughter. “Chinatown Style” is easily my favorite, just a beautiful, heartbreaking vocal melody. Overall, not quite as devastating as their previous album, but this one turns the brightness and sexuality up a bit, and is well worth your time.

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