Monday, October 3, 2011

Review: Detachments - s/t

The Detachments are part of a small UK synth-based revival.  Harking back to the great late-1970s and early 1980s, the Detachments use all analog synthesizers in their self-titled debut album.  Listeners will be reminded of OMD, early Ultravox (with John Foxx), and Gary Numan.  Compared to the Mirrors, the Detachments have a darker minimal-wave sound that eschews pop for a grittier landscape.

Several strong tracks on here - Audio Video, I Don't Want to Play and Art of Viewing are infectious dance numbers, while Holiday Romance sounds like a coldwave outtake from the early 80s.  After these early songs, the album takes a darker turn.  Available on CD, MP3, and even vinyl (if you search around).  Highly recommended for fans of this genre.

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