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"Return of the Permanent Wave" CDR

Silver Plastic Records

Genres: new wave, synth-pop, electronica

Feb 28 - Mar 6 2005

Silver Plastic Records' Return of the Permanent Wave compilation celebrates the new wave genre with a number of songs from the modern underground synth-pop scene.  All of these bands are obscure, home-produced affairs, but their contributions are often quite enjoyable.  Burn Like Nero's two songs are appealing and fun, with catchy choruses and electronic elements that boast a neat eighties flair.  Egg in Space, meanwhile, takes cues from New Order, except imbibes the sound with strange robotic vocals, clubby beats, and extraneous videogame sounds.  eH FACTOR, The Signifying Monkey, and onLoad all contribute eighties-influenced electro/synth-pop, while Lank and Bernie Lucas donate mechanical, instrumental electronica.  As can be expected from such a young label, this comp isn't consistently perfect; however, it makes for a fine introduction to its niche, showcasing some of the scene's most interesting assets.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 16 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]