"Armadillo In The Snow" CDEP
Genres: industrial techno, electronica
PO Box 94
Manchester, England M19 3WY
Feb 24 - Mar 2 2003
neat electronic EP reached me by way of the new Dead Digital label,
who are also responsible for the wicked Pulby / Primitive
Painter split seven-inch that came out recently. Primitive
Painter creates dark, beat-based industrial techno that calls to
mind some of Throbbing Gristle's work.
The first of the four tracks is "Armadillo In The Snow," a
dark tune based on a metallic beat and a neat piano melody, with some
neat choral atmospherics in the background.
"Mantra," then, is a driving track that starts off with a
strong beat and a mixture of experimental sounds.
Eventually a synth pattern is introduced, and a brooding
ambiance holds the piece together in a dark mood.
"People's Parasite," the third track, harks the
introduction of a more upbeat melody and a pretty funky bassline.
It's still dark and industrial, except a bit more
uplifting. The weird vocal sample adds a certain feel to it -
something mysterious and mechanical. The synth chord pattern
that is used in parts of the track sounds a bit video game-y.
The final track is "Foetal Attraction," a dark, very
electronic track with an alien vocal sample and some interesting
synths driving the rhythm sample. The beat is enjoyable, and the
bassline is very mechanical, except with a hunt of machine
funkiness. After a few minutes, the track calms down a bit to
allow the synths to take over, only to bring everything back again in
full power - an overused effect, sure, but it really gets ya every
Altogether, this is a very enjoyable techno release that harkens
back to early industrial music like that of Throbbing Gristle.
Though the songs' strong similarities can get a bit repetitive, the
relative brevity of the EP means it isn't that noticeable.
Hopefully by the time the debut album's due out, Primitive Painter
will have introduced a bit more variety into their music. This
EP on its own, however, is quite promising.
Fun Fact: Very little is known about Primitive
Painter, although it may be linked to techno duo Alter Ego's
recent alter ego, also called Primitive Painter.
4 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]