Boomkat Product Review:
Dabrye/JTC's EBM alter ego reaches round with a killer 2nd album indulging his passion for cranky darkwave funk and industrial textures.
Bristling, awkward, and obtuse American Manier might well be the most challenging album to date of his myriad guises, and is all the better for it; perhaps to both shock a few of the fassy listeners, and also satisfy the fringe lurkers and freaks.
Metaphorically speaking, all the references are sewn prominently on his sleeve and faded, screen-printed T-shirt - CH-BB/Liaisons Dangereuses, Whitehouse, Severed Heads, Chris & Cosey, Conrad Schnitzler, John Bender - but it's what he takes from them that counts.
Rather than easily gratifying melodies and box grooves, these are fizzy, phucked-up constructions, heavy on the noise and serrated joints, with only a few ostensibly 'floor-friendly bits like the linear pulses of Sift Through Art Collecting People and the steadier, tensile structures of Unsubscribe and Living Youths really set for the 'floor whereas the rest are wilfully rotten or bleak or uncomfortable.