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Primes - Facades and Pink Forms

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Primes - Facades and Pink Forms
Record Label: Postfact Records
Release Date: November 13, 2007
Primes are a different breed of punk using industrial-ginned techno complexes and a glam rock compass to guide the pieces together. The tracks have robotic movements and galactic stratospheres with vocals that produce an automated voicing. It is wicked how the tracks feed into each other so the dividing lines are minimal, offering little to separate the songs from one another. The trio never drops the ball but stays on track keeping the album moving in a continuous stream of sonic bleeps, sci-fi buzzing, futuristic tonics, and static transmissions being stitched to make seamless transitions. Ordinarily, this continuous flow would be monotonous, but Primes’ astro-splicing actually compels you to take an interest in the compositions.

Band members Tanya Pea (synths and vocals), JJD (bass, programming and vocals), and Erick West (synthesizers and sounds) have a sixth sense when it comes to placing and stacking digital effects and sound graphics. They produce metallic shades in the moving beats, cobble stoned planks with the synth programs, and glam-rock tints in the sonic punctuations. The album brandishes a Euro-club vibe with cyber-ringing tones and electro-punk reams vibrating through the organza flecks. It is music that does not sound like it was made by or for the human species, but it is entertaining and attractive to humans just the same.

The seven tracks build from each other like a giant ball of yarn starting with “You’re in Danger.” The digital formations attach to each other creating one long molecular structure until breaking into “Consumher,” which changes the direction of the techno versing. The lyrics for “Consumher” project abstract fragments such as, “A super chrome mirror / Looking glass reflection / Blackout mascara eyes as deep as secrets / An eyelash blink / Trying to turn her tables around / Frost a gloss on her skin / No one knows what happened here / Ring finger hand reaches up to adjust the light only to look back at herself and hear / ‘Sweet thing we want you… We want you now.’” The next break comes with the final track “Convert What Was” which has an outer space aura with misty synths and blurry notes. It is the only track that is completely instrumental, or in the case of the Primes, completely composed of electronic sounds.

The album nestles astro-planes, futuristic synths, and digital effects that have the dialect of a space age generation and suited for sci-fi films, cafes, and festivals. Produced by Tanya Pea and JJD, Facades and Pink Forms is really out of this world and it transports the listener to a futuristic plateau that can only be reached through such sonic channels.

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