We were reliably informed this week that Electroclash is back (again) — for that which is dead can never die. We would add that bleak, desperate strains of pop music wear many faces. Cold/Minimal/Synth-wave being just a few of the death rattles of the eternal desire to distort that innate power of pop.
And so we have Automelodi’s 2013 LP Surlendemains Acides. An album of Synth-wave bangers from 2013 that could have been made in 1983, being re-released in 2018.
La Cigale, today’s track, is the first on the album. Beginning with that distorted synth chord that simultaneously embodies dark brutalist landscapes, desolate ex-urban ones and weird medical cults experimenting with telepathy. You know, all the really great things about the death throws of utopian thinking prior to Neo-libralism.
The drum machine’s not far behind. Nor that insanely catchy melody.
Which, along with Xavier Paradis’ stone cold vocal delivery, creates something that attacks the pleasure sensors attuned to pop, and once there deploys a dead eyed gaze that settles on your soul. A nihilistic pill placed within the bob-around-being-happy part of the brain.
What’s not to love?
La Cigale is taken from Automelodi’s 2013 LP Surlendemains Acides, which will be reissued on April 13th on Holodeck records. You can pre-order it right here.