Monday, 22 April 2013

KOOL THING - SINGLE REVIEW


Kool Thing - TV Tower
Kool Thing - TV Tower

Release Date: 13th May 2013

With a name like Kool Thing you really don't need me to tell you that this duo is based in Berlin and make synth based music with a twist. Jon Dark and Julie Chance met in a dive bar in Paris (of course, where else?) and started to make sweet, sticky, dark and unsettling music together. 'TV Tower' has a futuristic, post-apocalyptic feel to it but there is a mood of defiance and hope that runs through the music in a way that Muse and Arcade Fire have perfected. Stabbing guitars, droned vocal harmonies and relentless strings all layer up on top of an electronic landscape to create an irresistible world that could be equally at home in the 1980s as it would be in 2080. There are elements of Depeche Mode's darkness, a touch of Above & Beyond's electro-intelligence and a funky but uneasy groove that only continental dance acts seem able to find (see Goose for an example). I could very easily see this duo becoming in demand producers in the future, working with everyone from Foals and the Maccabees through to Bowie and, go with me on this, Tom Jones. Seriously. He's gonna do a darkwave album soon when the bitterness of having to spend every Saturday night with Will.I.Am. finally breaks him.

More information: www.koolthingmusic.com

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