These days anyone with a decent laptop and proper software can make electronic music. Therefore a certain scrutiny should be taken whenever an electronic artist releases a new record. The electronic artists in question here is the LA based duo Killing Thursby that pride themselves on playing real synthesizers and creating original samples, which they did for their latest five- song self-titled EP Killing Thursby. Though the pair wears their artistic influences plainly on their sleeves, New Order and Depeche Mode they are not.
The albums second track is the aptly titled “Transparent.” Musically the song is a masterful meld of deep moog-inspired synths and samples that explode like starbursts. Though like many of the other tracks on this record, it is lyrically challenging to say the least. I’m all for repetition though these guys take it a little too far on this one. After about the hundredth time repeating the words, “You’re beautiful/You’re transparent” it became very apparent to me that Killing Thursby could use a bit of work in the lyrics writing department.
“Amanuensis” has video game sounding-synths and intermittent drum beats that sound like shattering glass. Although it builds up over time “Amanuensis” fails to take flight though it seems at times like it wants to. Halfway through there is a breakdown where and the drums begin to pound like hammers but then the synths return and the song continues on just like before.
The song “Saint Nowhere” is an empty ode to an empty place. The synths here are some of the albums best, deep and dark they radiate from the speakers like heat. The song closes with single deep dark punches of synth that resound like a loud noise through an empty room.
The album’s final track is the Depeche Mode inspired “Dead Letters.” With its spacey synths and fuzzed out feedback the track is also one of the albums most danceable and fun. All around Killing Thursby is a solid record, and despite some flaws, Killing Thursby doesn’t need to be put out of their misery just yet.
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