LP - Pure Ground - Giftgarten
The ten dark electronics tracks here largely abandon the hard, one-two rhythms of Standard Of Living and instead explore murky, acrid wastes of toxic marshes and nervous nights. Altogether sinister and strange, Giftgarten ruminates on shadow worlds and shadow selves, on catastrophes of war and of earth and of the spirit, and, most of all, on sleeplessness and its gifts and thievery. Instead of drum machines, the duo opts on several tracks for grinding and transient sounds generated by synthesizers, while “Omission” and “Flood” are more traditional dance songs inspired by early EBM and electro. Experimental in its approach and palette, Giftgarten is still wholly a pop record, full of melody and steady rhythms.