Thursday, 20 September 2012

The 2kDozen 500: #321 - Baltic Fleet, "Towers"

There are some portentous titles on this album - "Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse", "Winds of the 84 Winter" or "March of the Saxons". There are some brooding cooling towers on the cover as well. Phallic imagery, the lot of it. For men with horribly distended penises.

It's instrumental. It's a wee bit proggy. It was record of the week one week in Rough Trade apparently, which I find a little hard to believe. It doesn't tick so many boxes, but keeps on ticking the same box over and over until their hands are bloodied stumps. There are echoey drums and circling bass sounds. But they never really go anywhere and they get pretty repetitive pretty quick.

They're like Add (n) to x without all the robot sex and the live drums.Or the soundtrack for an Eighties cop drama in a very unglamourous city. Des Moines Vice, something like that.There is a track "Reno", which is slower but still not quite opening up. A slow night in Nevada.

Rating: Ticking Their Way out of The Same Boxes

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