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Slow Porn, Opium 1:19 (My Favorite Robot Records)




Slow Porn, Opium 1:19 (My Favorite Robot Records)
CD Reviews: January 14, 2016

01/14/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Slow Porn, Opium 1:19 (My Favorite Robot Records) 

Leave it to the French to turn wildly sensuous music into something robotic, unattainable and more than a little bored. That’s not to pronounce this stuff as unlikable, not at all, and it’s not so French that the rest of the world can’t get into it without feeling like they did it on a dare. The vocals, detached as they are, salute old krautrock, and the beats are hypnotic enough; my problem is with the 1980s-style ennui, a feeling that they view “99 Luftballoons” as the pinnacle of sexy. This is an electro venture here, but I can’t help but be reminded of Die Form, the goth duo whose warped S&M imagery would be cartoonish if it weren’t so fuzzily rendered. On the other hand, these two guys (La Dame Noir’s artistic director Phred Noir and Meant Records’ mononymed chief Remain) cauterize their unhurried bedroom-hair electro with such things as Nintendo loops, dextromethorphan-addled female vocals (“Silver and Lust”) and faraway wub-wubs (“Third Thrill”), so it’s intelligible enough without being overly indie. Six years in and these guys are still into it, which does show, even if half of this EP’s four songs are covers.





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