release date: 29-05-2020
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Unlike most other music, modern SynthPop is all about maximum sound with minimal instruments. CONTROL ROOM is a duo whose dense, window-rattling sound will fill your room. Here on their debut album, they conjure a subtle yet distinct spin on the classic synth and post-punk sound. On bass, Austin Griffith’s subsonic lows fill your chest cavity. His downstroke rhythms dictate your breathing for the duration of the song. That leaves the twilight-colored synths of Warren Ard to intertwine with Griffith’s bellow as your guide through the various emotional waves of life. Anticipation. Angst. Longing. Acceptance. Release. It’s all here.
When Punk famously fizzled, it was the so-called Post Punkers who extracted its ashes and created music whose influence and presence were longer lasting. Hattiesburg, Mississippi duo Control Room is the latest in the continuum of artists stretching minimal electronics to best express just how they cope with another person's lack of humanity. Their songs interweave the darkness of Joy Division, the raw Pop sensibility of OMD and even echo the danceable SynthPop years of The Cure. Elegantly written and arranged, the synth sounds feel both correct for the era and modern enough for today. With their phalanx of machinery, Ard and Griffith make Electronic music remarkably human again.
TRACKS: 01 Black & Blue Flowers 02 Out of your System 03 I Woke up and Everything was moving 04 Crushed 05 Parking Lot Job 06 Surveillance 07 Erase 08 Crime Scene 09 Seeing Things 10 Back to Zero 11 War (Bonus Track)