Hi-Tech Boom
Castle Face Records
Street: 01.20
Pow! = Units + Suicide
This record buzzes like a Brookstone orgasm chair, especially the track “Switchboard Scientist,” which swoons like a Funkadelic groove minus the big-band instruments, with added Prozac and guitar dirge. It’s no downer, though. The album cleverly progresses like a dystopian science-fiction movie, with some new technological disaster at every turn. The lyrics are filled with funny, downplayed complaints sung in a Mark E. Smith sort of lilt. Despite varying widely from song to song, it is a very to-the-point kind of affair, with most songs lasting between two and three minutes. Music like this doesn’t come along that often, so get it while you can. –Jordan Deveraux