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love cult - Fingers Crossed
In the space of half a dozen releases, both reissued and original, Public Information have struck a nerve with lovers of esoteric, evocative electronic music. Their latest comes like a sonic dose of krokodil from Russian duo Love Cult, aka Anya Kuts and Ivan Afanasyev, dealing a sort of decayed chamber drone-pop and dense, stunted ambience haunting space between Bellows, The Cure, MSOTT and Indignant Senility. In other words, it's bloody bleak, yet beautiful with it. This is exactly the sort of stuff you'd imagine to come from a remote locale such as Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia - a vodka-curdled mixture of haptic textural processing, ghosted chorales and bone-creaking noise streaked with stray samples and encased in the kind of ceramic finish used to line CoH's wipe-clean out-house. As clichéd as it may sound, the mysterious Russian spirit is very much at play here, from the dilapidated weft of 'Wall Rug''s Bellows-like hypnagogic moire to the stately, ricocheting drums and wordless, Liz Harris-like chant of 'Fingers Crossed' and 'Place To Get Lost In', through the frostbitten ambience on 'Palinode' and the thrumming queasiness of 'Knowledge', all summoning that feeling of existential despair, torpor and stoic catharsis you'd usually associate with that region's art and literature. Recommended!