Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 3.75 out of 5
When I was a five-year old psychedelic doctor in the early 80's, I already had gotten the impression that the Duran Duran and Eurythmics on the radio were far more entertaining than those damn kids' songs they were playing in the kindergarten. That's why I've already taken the liberty of brainwashing my daughter into listening to the Beatles 80% of the time (10% for the Beach Boys and my own music, and the other 10% for mommy's booty music). Anyway, these fluorescent synth grooves, backed by that fluorescent cover sparked up those memories. This EP features lazer-sharp electronic warbles programmed by the crystalline mind prism (my designation, not theirs), and some anthemic four-on-the-floor club vocals.
The first two tracks along with the finale would've been just the right tune to follow "Borderline" on the radio playing poolside in 1983. Those are the tunes that got my attention. "Tonight" and "Hi" take on later influences, with the former sounding a bit like 80's Kraftwerk doing dubstep, and the later sounding vaguely trip-hoppy. Only "Goodbye" would have left the five-year-old doctor unhappy with its industrial vibe and electronic sandpaper vocals - and it is still my least favorite on here.
I guess synth pop isn't quite psychedelic, but I think it's the start of the line that eventually led me deep into the strange recesses of sound I obsess myself with these day. Crashfaster is by no means full-on retro, but they leave me with a similar impression that I got from those acts of 30 years past.
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