Music Reviews

Artist: Primeval Genius
Title: Machinist In The Underworld
Format: 12"
Label: Suitcase (@)
Rated: *****
Primeval Genius is the work of Michigan-based Anupadaka Godchild (aka Laura Jean Housley). The press sheet describes this music as "a surreal and esoteric style that is difficult to describe and equally compelling to hear. Post punk, no wave, post industrial, gothic, neo folk, drone, witch house - none seem to apply but all could be referenced throughout this 11 track journey of lo-fi avant pop music." But a shout out to John Zewizz (of Sleep Chamber) in the liner notes is what really piqued my interest. When putting this on, the first thing I am struck with was how retro it sounds. We have old-school analogue synth with drum machine and distorted female vocals that would be right at home with 1980's electro bands. Imagine if 'Some Great Reward' era Depeche Mode or Ceta Javu was much more bitter, teamed up with Front 242, listened to Master/Slave Relationship, and read a lot of John Dee and Aleister Crowley. Yes, there is definitely an eschatological bent to this music, with lyrics like 'I build machines fueled by human screams.' The vocals are chanted as much as they are sung, although 'Children of the Voices of God' has an almost sultry feel to it, which stood out from the other tracks. The songs are short and to the point, although they start to sound pretty similar. This album is limited to 300 copies on Clear Blue vinyl.

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