Foreign Cinema - Non-Synchronous Sound
Shoegaze? Yes, certainly. Trip Hop? A little bit, yes. Ethereal good-versus-evil? Uh-huh. It's like Foreign Cinema have taken a past-it punkman with a beard, given him a yacht and a blank cheque and told him to go nuts.
It's shadowy and spacious but not murky in any way, all the noises are clearly defined and very deliberate - right down to the reverb on Dave Han's voice. The EP features three original songs - the bassy, swirling 'At The Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea', edgy, funky favourite 'Arbitrary Map Mode' and 'Lovers and Killers', a huge post-punk/shoegaze power trip. The fourth track is 'Ice Machine', a rather obscure Depeche Mode B-side, and it suits Foreign Cinema's style perfectly.
I expect big, big things from these guys, and I'll be keeping an eye out for more of the same over the next year. Live performace skills down pat, the only upward way from here is a full-length LP.
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