Cape Fear ‎– Drift Towards The Heat

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Odd Size ‎– CD OS 21
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May 17, 2012
CAPE FEAR is the solo project of NOX member & creator of ODD SIZE RECORDS - LAURENT PERRIER. He deliberately dips into the pool of Techno/Hip Hop/Trip Hop, quoting SCORN, MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO, CHEMICAL BROTHERS & others as influence. For ODD SIZE, this is a curiously mainstream record, sitting among it's Concrete, Industrial, Experimental & generally HeadFuck peers, it seems quite content. Combining the rhythm-heavy end of the electronic fraternity with fuzz guitar, it delves into a variety of areas. There's a definite SCORN feel to the third track, which could almost have come from "Evanescence" with it's relentless drum onslaught and dubby bass prowling around in the background. Raw electronics play around with driving Hip Hop drums, sounding at times like HUMAN LEAGUE circa "Dignity Of Labour" or the more interesting moments of "Reproduction". They dip in & out of styles with happy impudicity, sometimes moody dance music; sometimes mega-fast Hip Hop dipped liberally in Cyberpunk. But for me, the gem of this collection is the epic (at nearly 17 minutes) "Trapped" which moves from cicada-spangled night punctuated by what sounds like barely tamed raw electronics through New Age birdsong & rainfall, gradually building towards the core of the music, a surprisingly laid-back but insistent rhythm over which female voice, seductive and strong, sings with Eastern Promise, like DEAD CAN DANCE weaving guitar in & out of rippling sequencers and solid drums. A great album, much deserving merit. It's difficult, if not to be prejudiced against, then to merit their sound based on the influences listed in the promo. They certainly have taken those listed as points of reference, but have taken their own sound way further. Eclectic, yeah, but not in an awkward or angular way.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.