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Nostalghia, Chrysalis (110 Records/INgrooves)




Nostalghia, Chrysalis (110 Records/INgrooves)
CD Reviews May 1, 2014

05/01/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Nostalghia, Chrysalis (110 Records/INgrooves)

Not everything from Los Angeles sucks these days, in this case especially. But despite offhanded exclamations of praise uttered at the clubs by bored stars like Skrillex and Marilyn Manson, there’s nevertheless a thin veneer of redundancy over the debut LP from this three-piece techno-glitch-goth band, led up by Iranian-American Ciscandra Nostalghia.  I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff, it’s just hopeless, so I only noticed this weakness by being a little objective for a change rather than allowing myself to be hypnotized and enthralled by all the perfection that’s here: Gary Numan-like foggy vampire stuff, fritzing circuit-board beats a la Burial, lonely-crazy-girl vocals, the whole smash — it’s like Zola Jesus with a Bjork wannabe running the show, and ergo, it’s awesome; she does try a few different tempos instead of just being a crazier-sounding Io Echo, and the music itself has a certain strength of hook. But it’s almost too perfect, too up-to-the-minute, meaning it may not have a long shelf-life, particularly if nine million psychologically fragile chick singers with a decent Pro Tools skill set decide to try the same thing all at once, which could actually happen. And that’s the thing with L.A. bands: by the time a record comes out, the hipness factor is already half-decomposed. Definitely a slam-dunk apart from that, though. A — Eric W. Saeger





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