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8 out of 10
I'm always a little bit wary of music which is described as "electronica" or similar, as it often seems to be a moniker for "pretentious techno" which is really only fit for men with a very specific type of well trimmed beard. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, with the likes of Orbital and Aphex Twin falling into this camp. Genuine artists that can craft epics of almost operatic quality from symphonies of beeps, squelches and weird crunchy noises. worriedaboutsatan happily fall into this category too.
Most of the tracks are built up around the throbbing, pulsating rhythms of techno, albeit at a rather slower pace than one may typically associate with that genre, but here they ebb and flow in a manner that brings to mind R2D2 (yes, the droid from Star Wars) riffing his own version of Explosions in the Sky songs.
I have to be honest and say that I don't think I'll ever find the same beauty in digital music as I will in analogue. There is a kind of majesty in the interaction between human and instrument that is lost in the clinical perfection of synthesisers and samples, but the greatest exponents of the genre turn this to their advantage, creating soundscapes that would be impossible any other way. worriedaboutsatan wring an atmosphere and emotion from their machines that is all too rare.
1. One Down
2. Evil Dogs
4. I am a Crooked Man
5. Pissing About
7. History is Made at Night
8. You're in my Thoughts
10. All Things but you are Silent