Category Archives: Identity Theft

Some Zone, Some Threshold

Featuring : Identity Theft

With two Identity Theft posts in a month it’s almost like the old days,  putting up as many tracks by our favourite bands as we could.  And so here we are (again) with a new track from a new album by Identity Theft.

Reconnaissance Peak is a giddy mix of early-80s Eastern Block spy thriller and tape delayed vocal experimentation.  The noise of the later buried underneath the melodies of the former, like some demon among the spires.  The hissy, drum machine and bass line propelling us on with almost metronomic fervour towards some border checkpoint.  Some zone.  Some threshold.

It’s music that has become strangely comforting.  The bleakness it evokes — cold cyan vistas, brutalist architecture, hollowed out heroes smoking against the night — now seems at least anchored.  In a world of all out information war where post-modernism’s been weaponised, the past’s ennui seems somehow preferable.  A concrete dread rather than a gaseous one.

Identity Theft – Reconnaissance Peak

Reconnaissance Peak is taken from Identity Theft’s album Reconnaissance.  You can get the tape from here or the digital from here.  and you should because it’s very good and very sad but very good.

They bring the drums, oh yes

Featuring : Atlea + Identity Theft

Thanks to Mara, of the excellent Group Rhoda, we recently received a veritable horde of records from the West Coast label, Katabaik.  By this point we’re pretty deep into the Punk DIY ethos does dance music era — which given all the other (terrifying) eras we seem to be living through right now, we have to say we’re pretty psyched about.  Katabatik are very much part of that.

The artwork’s also pretty fucking far from the minimalism associated with dance records.  It’s far nearer to the to early 80s tape trading scene, early 90s Industrial  CD covers and early 00’s acid coloured internet art.  I mean, up there you’ve got some totemic Moebius stuff going on and below you’ve got collage via surveillance culture.  Its visual stimulation is generous.

So the records then…

Atlea – Beyond

Beyond brings the Techno.  The thumping, eerie unmoored place.  The bass that hints at enormous indifferent shapes beneath your feet, gliding by in their own unfathomable dance.  The distorted melodies that swirl about an unintelligible vocal that doesn’t so much as add to the dread as it does fulfil a role in the scene unfolding before you.  Like a compare to a dance you’ve stumbled upon, it invites you in and soothes your anxiety while indoctrinating you to the unquestionable futurism of techno.


Identity Theft – Pierrot

Pierrot begins with a sample, so distorted it could have been taken from a wax cylinder.  But rather than use this as a scene setting flourish it’s allowed to loop and build until you can start to see the grain before your eyes.  And as soon as that begins to happen it all falls away into something smooth and sleek.  And lo, we are told that ‘this is the final curtain call’ by a voice impassive and reassuring, like a private press of New Age induction lectures.  That harshness, then calmness, eventually segues into a jittery hall of dance, the Techno throbbing throughout.

You can grab | by Atlea from their Bandcamp here and similarly you can buy Pierrot directly from Identity Theft’s Bandcamp right here.

“Identity is Theft”*

Featuring : Identity Theft

Identity Theft - Night Workers - cover

Last week we shared the Identity Theft remix of Group Rhoda‘s Disappearing Ground. Just before that we were given a glimpse at the web of collaborations and influences that informed that collaboration. Through a garden of forking Bandcamps we made our way down one path and back to 2011. There we discovered Night Workers, the album that Identity Theft put out that year after recording for three. And lo, it was exceptionally fucking good.

Strange that discovering a two year old webpage can now feel like archaeology, but there you go.

Night Workers is an exquisite anthology of 20JFG’s lost love. From stark b/w artwork through to minimal synth workouts and ambient experiments. It straddles that late 70s/80s moment of keyboard led experimentation that occupied the b-sides of big bands and both sides of great bands. Full of fear and beauty; enlightenment and persecution.

If there were a film about first contact by chance happening under a totalitarian regime, then Night Workers has the track for you. An Arctic circle romance set against a backdrop of grain liquor and multiple murderous — Night Workers has you covered. A soft focus funeral interrupted by angles who are really demons, drowning in a flooded chapel well…

Nibiru is the name given to a planetary body that will — certain doomsday cults believe — smash into the earth in 2003…or 2012, and wipe us all out. Or pass by and reverse the poles. On of the two. If there were to be observers for this terrifying event, and if they were to sit back in their zero-g recliners in front of the their panoramic views of the coming destruction, and if they were to sip their Yamazaki 50 year old single malt, they may chose to listen to something akin to this:

Identity Theft – Nibiru

Nibiru is taken from Identity Theft’s 2011 album Night Workers. You can get it here and you really, really should.

*the title is a too-good-to-pass-up crib from Identity Theft’s page for Night Workers.