Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Artist: Indifferent Dance Centre
Title: Flight & Pursuit
Format: 7"
Label: Outer Reaches
Though it’s hard to believe this was really “Chichester’s first homemade single” as the promo blurb claims, it does help to frame the decidedly lo-fi ‘messthetic’ re-release of Indifferent Dance Centre’s only release, which dates back to 1981 and which has now been dusted off to be a 7” again second time around.

Grungy guitars, lo-fi synth washes, half-buried melodica drone and raw, simply-recorded drums pound out the quite upbeat title track, over which the vocal meanders with almost wilful and name-appropriate indifference. The second track “Release” is more downtempo and atmospheric, exposing the recording quality more starkly but in other ways working more successfully with the sound sources.

The most worthy point of this release is the digital-only and brand-new C.A.R. remix of the title track, which reimagines the vocal into a brand new and brighter-sounding synthpop world that seems like a homage to two generation’s worth of electro.

An interesting little timepiece, but devoid of any sense of Indifferent Dance Centre’s musical context or consequence, it’s hard to see this as anything other than a nostalgia piece and a little bit of an oddity.