1 March 2011
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A review of No Longer Stranger by Tim Anderl of

No Longer Stranger, our first introduction to the electro post-goth/punk output of Soft Riot, aka Jack Duckworth (Savage Furs, A Luna Red, Radio Berlin, etc.) is an exercise in spooky aesthetics that sets its hazy mood with dark drones, throbbing electronic rhythms, and dread-dripping soundscapes.  This is really no surprise since Duckworth pieced this collection together in his new home in East London, a local with ties to Throbbing Gristle and Jack The Ripper.  “Holding Cash In Fields of Ash” is a chilling launchpad with a steady pulse of minimalist electronics.  The bellowing, affected vocals  and electro percussion of “Your Strange New Career” is tried and true panic attack inducing machine music.  “Tragic Magic” has a rhythm-oriented backbone that gives it a sleazy swing.  The creepy synth swells make it another distended, and disturbing banger.  Duckworth also reinterprets Hoover’s “Electrolux” (from The Lurid Traversal of Route 7) giving it a savage pulse that draws it into a black hole of electronic isolation never realized by the original.  If you’re looking for something to listen to in the dark, this is definitely not it.  If you’re looking for inspired electronic music that will give you the creeps, this is a keeper.

(Recommended For Fans Of: Savage Furs, Peter Murphy, Throbbing Gristle, spooky shit)