It’s not as consistent as Les Nymphes, the other reissue out just now, as a couple of tracks feel too indistinguishable from each other – Black Ice, Shimmet and the title track being obvious examples. All get lost in murky rock with little variation in the formula.
But the best material pulls from a wider scope: Gutter Rock, with its Latin influences; Lost In The Orbits, a scratchy dance track with strings emerging through thickets of electronics; and the unrelenting, stabbing Stormy.
These prove the most interesting, and the richest, in an album that is a bit too long, but worth investigating, nonetheless. A little pruning would have worked wonders here, but there’s still much to enjoy. Dostoevsky references and dark electronics? Yes please.