Polygraaf Discoteq: Inertia (Rainier Beat Records, 2022)

April 17, 2022 at 2:39 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Polygraaf Discoteq: Inertia

Seattle’s Polygraaf Discoteq create technicolor, vocoder-laced synth pop in the vein of seminal late ’70s/early ’80s acts like Gary Numan, John Foxx, Fad Gadget, Telex, and others. The music has a very scientific sound, but instead of dystopian lyrics about robots, most of their songs are about very human feelings, specifically heartache, loneliness, lost love, and the scrambled signals of digital communication. Aside from songs about real life heartbreak, there’s also “Go On”, a more hopeful, uptempo tune about new love, and the more techno-leaning “Broken Puzzles” anticipates possible new connections. One of the fastest songs, “Save Me the Last Dance”, is appropriate as the last one, with its motive of gunning it until the very end (“this is the last dance of my life”).

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